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By Emily Bronte and adapted by Andrew Sheriden. When two souls collide, the impact can resonate for all eternity. So it was – and so it is – with Heathcliff and Cathy. But if they can't be together, the world that struggles to contain them will simply shatter and burn… Andrew Sheridan's gripping reinvention of Emily Brontë's classic novel _Wuthering Heights_ is a searing and ferocious celebration of passion, of desire – and of the female imagination that created this indelible masterpiece. Exposing a very different but essentially truthful side to literature's most electric couple, it premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2020, in a production directed by Bryony Shanahan, joint Artistic Director of the theatre. Cast: 5M, 5F   The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on  if you would like the URL link for the session.     If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on  so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.   You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read.    In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. The story of 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte adapted by Andrew Sheridan has no specific gender or ethnicity requirements and would benefit from a mixed ethnicity cast, reflective of modern day Yorkshire.    This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books to ensure that artists continue to receive the royalties due to them. 
In the Comfort Of Your Home
26th May from 19:30 to 22:00
Play Reading - Online Play Reading: 'Naughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman
In the Comfort Of Your Home
30th June from 19:30 to 22:00


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3 Women

Jun 26th to Jul 3rd 2021
Katy Brand


We are thrilled to be announcing our first post-lockdown live stage production. This will be to a smaller capacity audience in recognition of Covid-safety considerations.

Tickets will be available soon.

About the Play

3 Women is a funny and frank play by comedian and writer Katy Brand. The story places three generations of women from the same family in a hotel suite for on the evening before a wedding. As the evening progresses and the champagne flows, their resentments old and new surface, alongside their family bonds and affections. The play considers their experiences as women of different generations in a funny and engaging way as the wedding approaches.

Reviews of the play:

"Many snappy returns in Katy Brand's barbed drama..." The Guardian

Insightful and funny...I really recommend this." Jane Garvey, Women's Hour Radio 4.

"One of the funniest pieces of new writing we've had the pleasure to sit through this year" Mostagigz

This is an amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

EDI Information
In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. '3 Women' by Katy Brand has a diversity message at its centre, including issues of gender identity. The playwright specifies that one character should be of mixed heritage and the story would be enhanced by looking for multi-ethnic and gender identity fluidity within casting.



Anniversary Celebrations 2021

Criterion at night

Due to the continued Covid-19 restrictions, we are still working within a level of uncertainty but are working within the roadmap towards reopening the theatre so do keep a regular eye here on the website for updates to our activities happening over the next few months. 

2021 is the 60th anniversary of the Criterion Theatre opening so we are planning on having a year of amazing events, celebrating our past and looking to the future.  

Why not check out the wonderful interviews conducted so far with members reflecting on their favourite memories and stories about the Criterion over the last 60 years in our Criterion Memories project.


Coming Soon

Curated by Mark Gatiss
Criterion On Tour
July 18th
Glen Berger
Main House
Aug 28th to Sep 4th

Just Finished

Eugene Labiche adapted by Kenneth McLeish
Main House
February 25th
Charles Dickens
Main House
December 18th
Karen Forbes
Main House
Nov 20th to 27th
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