‘Life is waiting for you. Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it.’ – Reasons To Stay Alive – York Theatre

Reasons To Stay Alive
By Matt Haigh
Imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins
Text written by April De Angelis
York Theatre Royal, 5 – 9 November

At 24 Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. Reasons To Stay Alive at York Theatre Royal from 5 – 9 November is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better.

This is the first theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestseller. This play with music and movement, imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins, celebrates what it means to be alive.

Matt Haig said: “It’s wonderful to see a book take on other life forms, especially one as exciting and radically different as this one. I think this production will provide a fascinating way to look at depression and mental health. I’m so pleased it’s happening.”

In the cast are Phil Cheadle as Older Matt and Mike Noble as Younger Matt with Chris Donnelly (Dad), Janet Etuk (Andrea), Dilke Rose (Dawn/Jenny.Rose) and Connie Walker (Mum).

Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit and is translated in over 25 languages. His novels for adults include the award-winning The Radleys and The Humans. He won the TV Book Club ‘book of the series’, and has been shortlisted for a Specsavers National Book Award. The Humans was chosen as a World Book Night title. His children’s novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times.


An English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres co-production

Reasons To Stay Alive

York Theatre Royal

5 – 9 November

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinee Thurs 2pm and Sat 2.30pm

Audio described and Captioned performance 9 Nov, 2.30pm

Post show discussion 6 November

Tickets from £15 (limited availability)

Box office 01904 623568

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