Headlong Announce Groundbreaking Experiment in Sustainable Theatre Making

A Play for the living in a time of extinction

Headlong and the Barbican, have today announced the UK premiere of A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction by award-winning playwright Miranda Rose Hall.

Katie Mitchell is drawing on and furthering her work on the Sustainable Theatre? projectwith this production and tour, which she originally conceived with the support of the French choreographer Jérôme Bel and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction will subsequently tour across the UK, without people or materials physically travelling. Furthermore, Mitchell will direct the performance which will be powered by bicycles peddled in real time throughout the duration of the show. 

Opening in London at the Barbican (26-29 April 2023), the UK premiere will be designed by Moi Tran, who has recently been appointed Resident Artist/Designer at Headlong. 

Mitchell and the creative team will produce blueprints containing sustainability guides which will be given to each subsequent venue in the first off-grid tour of its kind in the UK. Local teams will stage and perform the play, within the parameters of the blueprints and using the same renewable bike technology, therefore eliminating the need for physical travel. Headlong will present A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Live Theatre Newcastle, New Vic Newcastle-under-Lyme, and  York Theatre Royalwith further venues along with casting and creative teams to be announced shortly. 

“The difference between death and extinction is this: death is to cease to exist. Extinction is to extinguish. I think of death as individual. Extinction is collective.”

Naomi is part of a touring theatre company and they have made a play especially for you – those who are living through extinction – except the actors haven’t shown up yet. We don’t know why, and maybe they will, but in the meantime, Naomi has a plan. Miranda Hall’s darkly funny and uplifting play explores what it means to be human in an era of man-made extinction.

Katie Mitchell says: “It’s exciting to be working with Headlong on this production to roll out a radical international touring model across the UK. It’s crucial that we develop new ways of making and touring theatre in response to the existential crisis we are all facing. I’m also thrilled to be working with Moi Tran for the first time

Holly Race Roughan says: “Responding to the climate crisis as a theatre company feels urgent but often paralysing, especially at a time when just creating theatre is a challenge, without the added pressure of doing so sustainably. To be able to embark on a national project that explores this dilemma with joy and honesty in both its content and creation process, is exhilarating. As a touring company, a project that requires touring without moving people or materials, is a counter intuitive challenge but we are finding that it is exactly what we need to inspire creativity, national collaboration and dare to do things differently. Our hope is that we, as an organisation, along with our collaborators and audiences, are invigorated by this process and empowered to adapt and imagine alternative ways of doing things going forward. To co-curate this national project with Katie Mitchell, who brings with her a wealth of experience in international feminist eco theatre-making, is thrilling.

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is Headlong’s second major touring experiment, part of the company’s ongoing commitment to rethink theatre-making in a climate emergency. In 2020 Headlong produced Signal Fires, a national festival that saw over forty companies come together for the first time to tour a single idea, at a time when traditional touring was not possible. Headlong have committed to staging one major touring experiment and one piece that explores a different facet of climate change, as part of our commitment to rethinking what it means to be a touring theatre company during the climate emergency. 

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is Co-produced by Headlong and the Barbican. 

Presented by Headlong, Barbican, Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Live Theatre Newcastle, New Vic, York Theatre Royal. 

The original production of “A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction” directed by Katie Mitchell was created at the Theatre Vidy-Lausanne as part of the project  “Sustainable Theatre?”, conceived by Katie Mitchell, Jérôme Bel and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, with the collaboration of the Competence Centre in Sustainability of the University of Lausanne, co-produced by STAGES – Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Environmental Shift (NTGent – Théâtre de Liège – National Theatre of Croatia in Zagreb – MC93, Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis – Trafo House of Contemporary Arts – Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro d’Europa – Lithuanian National Drama Theatre – Teatro Nacional D. Maria II – Maribor Slovene National Theatre – The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Dramaten, Stockholm – National Theater & Concert Hall, Taipei) and co-funded by the European Union. “Sustainable Theatre ?” includes two shows and a workshop touring in the form of scripts recreated locally. 

Miranda Rose Hall’s A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction was first commissioned by LubDub Theatre Co.

Anything Goes coming to UK cinemas -for two nights only, 28 November and 1 December 2021

Anything Goes

The smash hit musical ANYTHING GOES, ‘the show of the year’ (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph)
and a ‘fizzing tonic for our times’ (★★★★★ The Guardian) will sail into over 450 cinema
screens nationwide for two nights only on Sunday 28 November and Wednesday 1
December in a live recording filmed at London’s renowned Barbican Theatre.

Tickets will go on-sale from Friday 15 October at
Presented by the Barbican and filmed live in London – during the show’s 15 week residency
at the theatre, which continues until 6 November – his major new five star production of
the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway
royalty Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney,
alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family) as
Moonface Martin, Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life)
as Evangeline Harcourt and beloved West End Legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago) as Elisha
Whitney. A heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s
most memorable songs, ANYTHING GOES is ‘a joyously shipshape revival’ (★★★★★ The
Since ANYTHING GOES opened this summer at the Barbican, audiences have been on their
feet night after night giving this multi-Tony Award winning show multiple standing ovations
at every performance. Featuring a 50 strong cast and ensemble of the finest there is to
offer on the London stage, including tap dancing sailors and a full-sized live orchestra, this
critically acclaimed production ‘immediately joins the pantheon of great classic musical
revivals’ (Daily Telegraph). ANYTHING GOES continues to play to sell out houses, as
audiences flood through the Barbican Theatre doors to witness this truly spectacular
musical comedy. Plans for an international cinema release will be announced soon.
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes
as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny
needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-
fashioned blackmail. This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic, directed by the multi-
award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, features Cole
Porter’s joyful score, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and the show
stopping Anything Goes. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after
another’ (★★★★★ The Times), ANYTHING GOES will take you back to the Golden Age of
high society on the seas from the comfort of your cinema seat.
ANYTHING GOES has music and lyrics by Cole Porter, an original book by P.G.
Wodehouse & Guy Bolton with Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a new book by
Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.  The musical also stars Samuel Edwards (Les
Misérables / Wicked) as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily Baisden (The Book of Mormon / Let’s
Face The Music) as Hope Harcourt, Haydn Oakley (A Christmas Carol / An American in
Paris) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Carly Mercedes Dyer (West Side Story/Chicago) as
Producer Howard Panter says: “The multi-Tony Award winning glorious production of
Anything Goes, directed by Kathleen Marshall, is not to be missed. London audiences
already cannot get enough of this energetic and uplifting classic musical which has been
sold out night after night. From four outstanding leading actors – Sutton, Robert, Felicity,
Gary – to the spectacular supporting company, the glorious set design, the breathtaking
choreography and of course the wonderful score. It really is ‘the show of the year’ that

everyone should experience and I am delighted that via this two day cinema release the
show will get an even wider audience across the UK.”
Trafalgar Releasing’s CEO Marc Allenby says: “We’re delighted to be working with our
partners within the Trafalgar Entertainment Group to bring this entertaining and uplifting
five star musical to cinemas across the UK. Musical theatre has a proven track record of
box office success on the big screen, and with its all-star cast, spectacular dance routines
and instantly recognizable songs, Anything Goes is the perfect production to bring laughter
and joy to cinema audiences.”


‘Makes you gasp in wonder and laugh till it hurts. Pure class.’

Daily Telegraph

‘The show of the year. I would give it six stars if I could’

Daily Telegraph

’The musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’

The Times

‘When a musical packs this much energy and spectacle, nothing else goes!’

Daily Mail

’Bubbly wit and stylish fun. It shimmers and sparkles.’

The Times

‘Anything Goes offers the delirious delight of a musical in full sail’

Financial Times