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Until June 1, 2024

one of the great theatre nights of the decade


Why See Machinal?

PlaysClassicBreaking Boundaries

Olivier-Award-Winning Director Brings Us The Gripping Story

Often considered a landmark of expressionist theatre, the groundbreaking 1928 play Machinal' is coming to London's Old Vic this April. Directed by Olivier-Award-winning Richard Jones, Rosie Sheehy (Chernobyl) reclaims her role in this nearly 100-year-old seminal play by Sophie Treadwell. Make sure to grab your tickets and explore the moral complexities of a young woman who finds herself stepping outside the confines of societal expectations, with deadly consequences.

From the outside, Helen Jones and her husband had a happy marriage'. Until she murdered him.'

What Is Machinal about?

Machinal, a 1928 play by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, is a gripping exploration of societal norms, female identity, and the consequences of rebellion. Inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder, the play delves into the life of a young woman caught in the machinery of a rigid and oppressive society.

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Opening night: 11 April 2024


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Rosie Sheehy
Daniel Abelson, 
Sam Alexander, 
Steven Beard,
Daniel Bowerbank, 
Imogen Daines, Buffy Davis, 
Tim Frances, 
Carla Harrison-Hodge, 
Emilio Iannucci,
Pierro Niel-Mee 
Wendy Nottingham


Director - Richard Jones
Set - Hyemi Shin
Movement - Sarah Fahie
Costume - Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting - Adam Silverman
Sound - Benjamin Grant
Casting - Ginny Schiller CDG

Next available performances

Fri, Apr 19


Sat, Apr 20

Sun, Apr 21



Mon, Apr 22


Tue, Apr 23


Wed, Apr 24

Thu, Apr 25


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