Headlong re-imagine classic stories and present new plays. Always bold and original, their shows are particularly slick and often feature ‘live’ digital elements - they’re big on video and innovative online content.

We’ve worked with them a lot in recent years, both as a co-producer (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the SommeThe Glass Menagerie) and as a host of their touring work (PygmalionThe Absence of War).

Gemma Bodinetz, our Artistic Director, was previously a board member of Headlong. She says: “Headlong are that rare combination of style and content in equal measure. Their work is fresh, daring, contemporary and often ground-breaking. If you want to know where British theatre will be in 10 years’ time, come to a Headlong show this season.”

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 at the Playhouse

“Quirky, imaginative, relevant and respectful“
Wirral Globe on Pygmalion

“Refreshing, radical and engaging” 
Liverpool Sound and Vision on Pygmalion

"Every performance is so powerful."
Liverpool ECHO on The Glass Menagerie

"Innovative and brave"
Northern Soul on The Glass Menagerie​​​​

"Given a bold update by Anya Reiss for the Twitter age"
Evening Standard on Spring Awakening

"Another great achievement from the Headlong"
The Times on Spring Awakening

"Goold’s ambitious , cinematic vision must be applauded"
Daily Mail on King Lear 

"An emotionally charged production fit to rival any other"
The Stage on King Lear 

“An exceptional revival”
The Telegraph on Observe the Sons

“Feels as fresh now as it undoubtedly did three decades ago."
The Reviews Hub on Observe the Sons

“Jeremy Herrin’s persuasive, slickly staged headlong revival”
The Stage on The Absence of War

“Cool staging... Well worth seeing”
Daily Mail on The Absence of War

Design is a strong factor in Headlong theatre’s visceral narrative”
Liverpool ECHO on 1984

"A theatrical tour de force that has the destructive power of an earthquake"
The Stage on 1984

Reviews //

“Those fearsome innovators Headlong”
The Telegraph

“It’s brilliant to inherit such a hot theatre company”
The Financial Times

“A touring company of generous unpredictability”
The Observer

“The consistently impressive company Headlong”
Evening Standard



Pygmalion post-show Discussion recorded at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
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