Simon Stephens'

Light Falls

Simon Stephens

Lucy Curtis

The Carne Studio Theatre

Friday 9 June at 7:30pm
Monday 12 June at 7:30pm*
Tuesday 13 June at 2pm
Wednesday 14 June at 7:30pm
Thursday 15 June at 2pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval.

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

A woman wakes up with a stranger beside her. A student argues with his lover. A single mother fights to feed her baby. A married man flirts with two younger women. And far away, one devastating event is about to change all their lives forever.

Connecting five relatives in five disparate English towns, from Blackpool to Durham, Light Falls is a richly layered play about life in the face of death, about how our love survives us after we've gone - and about how family, community and kindness help the North survive.

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright.

His early work at the Royal Court includes Bluebird (1998); Herons (2001), Country Music (2004) and Motortown (2006). In 2008 his play Harper Regan opened at the National Theatre, and Sea Wall, starring Andrew Scott, played at the Bush. Simon then had success with his plays Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007 and Edinburgh Festival / Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009) and Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2009) which won the 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production. In 2011, I Am The Wind, an adaptation from Jon Fosse’s original, opened at the Young Vic. 2012 saw Three Kingdoms performed in London, Tallinn and Munich, Morning at the Lyric Theatre, and a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Young Vic which subsequently transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2013.

His adaption of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time won the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play (National Theatre, 2012; Apollo Theatre, 2013; Gielgud, 2014 – present; Barrymore Theatre in Broadway, 2015; international tour 2017-2018). In 2014 Simon premiered Carmen Disruption at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, which subsequently opened at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2015, and Birdland at the Royal Court. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard also opened at the Young Vic in 2014. In 2015, Heisenberg opened at MTC in New York and transferred to the Friedman in 2016 and opened in the West End in 2017; The Funfair, Simon’s new version of Ödön von Horváth’s Kasimir And Karoline, opened at Home Theatre in Manchester; and Song From Far Away, directed by award-winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove, received its UK premiere at the Young Vic. In 2016, his version of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opened at the National, and his original play Rageopened at Thalia Theatre, Hamburg. 2017 saw the openings of Nuclear War at the Royal Court, his English language version of Obsession at the Barbican, Fatherland at the Royal Exchange for the Manchester International Festival, and his new adaptation of The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Simon is Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a Writers’ Tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Lucy trained as a theatre director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck, University of London. Lucy also trained as a director with the National Theatre Studio and Katie Mitchell.

Lucy’s credits include: Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse), Places Between Places (National Youth Theatre), It Is So Ordered (Park Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Pleasance), Dare to Dream, Divided Laing (Arcola), The Pulverised (York Theatre Royal), Women’s Stories of Ford Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Simon Stephens Presents, Fool for Love (Royal Exchange Studio), Bunny (UK Tour), The Producers, Queen Margaret, Hobson’s Choice, Albion (Royal Exchange Theatre – Assistant and Associate Directing). 

Lucy is an Associate Lecturer at Wimbledon College of Art (UAL), and has previously directed for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Rose Bruford, ALRA South, ALRA North, Manchester School Of Theatre, Mountview and East 15.

Lucy is currently a Lead Creative Faciliator for the National Youth Theatre. 

Contains strong language and references to alcoholism, alcohol and drug abuse, death, suicide and suicidal thoughts, depression, domestic violence, threat of harm and flashing lights.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Lucy Curtis*

Lizzy Leech*

Movement Director
Adi Gortler*

Voice Director
Molly Parker*

Music Director
Luke Byrne*

Music Support
Helen Ireland*

Intimacy Director
Ian Brener*

Lighting Designer
Anna Matthews*

Sound Designer
Poppy Morley

Costume Supervisor 
Tabitha Stock*

Wardrobe Assistant
Niamh Parsons*


Tyler Cameron

Alissia Di Cosmo

Cameron dos Anjos

Harry Chalmers-Morris

Christine / Victoria / Claudie / Andrea
Chaya Gupta

Ibraheem Hussain

Lizzie Middleton

Travis Phillips

Ramesa Sohail

Annie Taylor

Production Team

Stage Manager on the Book
Josette Shipp

Technical Stage Manager
Elisabetta Perrotta

Production Manager
Stephanie Siraut

Chief LX
Ciara Brady

Production Sound Engineer
Jacob Eckardt