Eden End

J B Priestley

About the Production

DIRECTOR   Laurie Sansom
DESIGNER   Sara Perks
SOUND DESIGNER   John Nicholls

DR KIRBY   William Chubb 
LILLIAN   Daisy Douglas
STELLA   Charlotte Emmerson
GEOFFRY FARRANT   Jonathan Firth
WILFRED   Nick Hendrix
SARAH   Carol Macready

Stella Kirby spent nine years running away, leaving home to find her freedom as a celebrated actress. Now she has decided that the only role left to play is the prodigal daughter returned, hoping to discover herself in the warmth of ordinary life and the familiar surroundings of her childhood home.

Set in 1912, Eden End slowly exposes the cracks in the lives of a respectable Northern family. A poignant look back at an Edwardian age of innocence before the start of the First World War, celebrated writer J.B. Priestley's subtle play movingly explores the secret heartache and disappointment of ambition unfulfilled.

Director Laurie Sansom‘s many credits include acclaimed productions of Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm, and the The Holy Rosenbergs all at the National Theatre.

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Latest Reviews

  • ...Make sure you don’t miss out on this superb play...

    Biggleswade Chronicle
  • ...As a meditation on lost opportunities and broken dreams, this is powerful stuff...

    Cambridge News
  • ...a quality production of a quality piece...

    East Anglian Daily Times
  • Sansom has allowed the piece to blossom afresh and with such a strong cast its charm and ability to touch a contemporary nerve remains and the whole never once ceases to sparkle

    Crawley Observer
  •  ...a brilliant production of a little performed play...not to be missed.

    Sussex Express

    ...Laurie Sansom’s revival - which tours after its run at Northampton - handles the play’s mixture of melancholy, mirth and shades of melodrama, too, with an admirably sure touch...

    The Telegraph
  •  ...This award-winning director has crafted JB Priestley’s rarely seen production of Eden End with the hand of a master...

    The Stage
  • ...We owe a debt of gratitude ... to the Royal & Derngate’s artistic director Laurie Sansom for his fine production of play that can justly be called a classic....

    The Oxford Times

    ...fresh and relevant today under the assured direction of Laurie Sansom...

    The Public Reviews

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Tour Dates

Theatre Royal Brighton

Captioned: Saturday 2nd July - Matinee

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 29th June  

Audio Described: Thursday 30th June - Matinee 

Richmond Theatre 

Captioned: Thursday 7th July 

Post Show Q&A: Thursday 7th July 

Audio Described: Saturday 9th July - Matinee   

Oxford Playhouse 

Captioned: Thursday 14 July -Matinee

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 13 July

Audio Described: Saturday 16 July- Matinee 

Touch Tour: Saturday 16 July-1.00 pm


Eden End
J B Priestley

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