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11 Apr 2024 - 01 Jun 2024
1 hr 50 min no interval
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Why Watch Machinal?

  • Based on the true crime story, Machinal play in London shows how a suburban housewife, Ruth Snyder turns into a murderer when pushed to her breaking point.
  • Directed by the 5-time Olivier Award-winning director, Richard Jones, Machinal is based on the crime that shook an entire nation and continues to haunt people.
  • The play features the talented Rosie Sheehy from Chernobyl, as well as Daniel Abelson from Robin Hood and Sam Alexander from An American Haunting.
  • Machinal play has won multiple accolades, including being among the 50 Greatest Plays in the Last 100 Years, and among the 40 Best Plays of All Time.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


The thrilling play, Machinal features Rosie Sheehy reprising her critically acclaimed role under the direction of Richard Jones, whose outstanding production has earned praise from critics. Machinal play in London lets you experience Sophie Treadwell's amazing masterpiece that has received numerous accolades and recognition, including a spot in Entertainment Weekly’s list of 50 Greatest Plays in the Last 100 Years.

The Story

Based on the real-life story of Ruth Snyder, the play follows Helen Jones, a woman trapped in a monotonous life with her husband. From the outside, they seem to have a 'happy marriage', but everything changes when she makes a drastic decision. Pushed to her breaking point by her relentless life, Helen commits a mortal sin and murders her husband. What makes her take such a tragic step? Experience the pulse-pounding journey of a woman trapped in the machinery of life with the Machinal play in London.

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tues, Thu & Fri: 7:30pm
  • Wed, & Sat: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
  • Audio Described Performances: 17th May, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm)
  • Captioned Performances: 20th May, 7.30pm
  • Relaxed (also audio described, captioned and BSL interpreted) Performances: 18th May, 2.30pm
  • BSL Performances: 24th May, 7.30pm

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Rosie Sheehy as Helen Jones. Daniel Abelson, Sam Alexander, Steven Beard, and Daniel Bowerbank
  • Director: Richard Jones

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • This show is recommended for ages 14 and above.
  • Please keep in mind that the theatre does not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Machinal voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre is a not-for-profit West End theatre in London. The popular theatre has hosted several notable artists and performing arts companies, like the National Theatre Company and the Prospect Theatre Company. The spacious theatre features Victorian-style architecture and has showcased multiple productions including Noises Off, The Crucible, and Groundhog Day.

Seating Capacity: 1,375

Old Vic Theatre seating plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: The Cut, SE1 8NB, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: The closest tube stations are Waterloo, Southwark, and Lambeth North. These are serviced by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Northern lines.

Bus: Lines servicing the area include 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 341, and X68.

Available facilities: Restrooms, cloakroom, bar

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessibility, accessible toilets

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security, all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Old Vic Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, that the theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Machinal

How much do tickets to Machinal cost in London?

The cost of Machinal play tickets in London starts from £15.60 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for the show?

Machinal opens on 11th April 2024 at The Old Vic Theatre.

What age is Machinal appropriate for?

Machinal play in London is most suitable for children aged 14 and above.

Where is the show playing in London?

Machinal play is playing at The Old Vic Theatre in London and opens on 11th April 2024.

How long does Machinal run for?

The running time of Machinal is 1 hour and 50 minutes with no interval.

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