Opening at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the 6th December, it has been confirmed that the production will now be running at the venue until the 7th January 2017. 


J.B. Priestley’s Benighted is set on a stormy night when it feels like the world is about to end. For Philip and Margaret Waverton, they are left with no choice but to abandon their Austin Tourer and seek refuge in an old dark house. Hungry and soaked, their relief at finding shelter becomes increasingly uncertain as it becomes clear that their hosts aren’t all they seem…

Benighted was originally a novel which was published in 1927 and was the first real introduction to the then unknown J.B. Priestley.

This world premiere production will be directed by Stephen Whitson and has been adapted for the stage by Duncan Gates. It will star Harrie Hayes, Tom Machell, Ross Forder, Michael Sadler, Jessica Bay and Matt Maltby.

Filled with rich dialogue and a gripping plot, Benighted will reveal where Priestley’s literary imaginations began as well as bringing it to life on the stage for the very first time.

Stephen Whitson said: “Ever since seeing Stephen Daldry’s National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls as a teenager I have been enthralled by the work of J.B. Priestley. To develop one of his early novels for the stage with writer Duncan Gates has been equal parts fascinating and thrilling as we have explored this multi-layered text, aided and abetted by the seemingly never ending imagination of the creative team.”

Benighted will play at the Old Red Lion Theatre from the 6th December until the 7th January 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit:



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