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Reasons To Stay Alive

By Matt Haig adapted for the stage by April De Angelis

‘"A striking piece of theatre… Theatrically inventive"’ The Guardian
‘"This is truly landmark theatre…you emerge hopeful, and enlightened"’ Yorkshire Post
‘“A skilful adaptation of Matt Haig’s bestseller… Genuinely enthralling.”’ The Times
‘“One of the most beautiful, moving, smart pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a long while. Funny, moving, and clever… I cannot recommend this highly enough.”’ Northern Soul
‘“An adaptation that handles a tricky subject with skill and sensitivity"’ The Stage

“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.” -Matt Haig

At 24 Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. This is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better. 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.

An English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres Co-Production


Sheffield Theatres

16 - 28 Sep 2019

Bristol Old Vic

1 - 5 Oct 2019

Bristol Old Vic - Captioned Performance

3 Oct 2019

Bristol Old Vic - Audio Described Performance

4 Oct 2019

LBT Huddersfield

8 - 12 Oct 2019

Northen Stage

15 - 19 Oct 2019

HOME, Manchester

29 Oct - 2 Nov 2019

York Theatre Royal

5 - 9 Nov 2019

Leeds Playhouse

12 - 16 Nov 2019

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Matt Haig

Imagined for the stage & directed by

Jonathan Watkins

Text written by

April De Angelis


Simon Daw

Lighting Designer

Jessica Hung Han Yun


Alex Baranowski

Music Associate

Joss Holden-Rea

Sound Designer

Nick Greenhill

Assistant Director

Sepy Baghaei

Casting Director

Lucy Casson

Company Stage Manager

Robyn Clogg

Deputy Stage Manager

Philip Hussey

Assistant Stage Manager

Zoe Leonard


Older Matt

Phil Cheadle


Janet Etuk

Younger Matt

Mike Noble


Dilek Rose


Connie Walker


Reasons to Stay Alive – Post Show Event

Manchester 31 Oct 2019 More info →