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Alexander Masters’ Stuart: A Life Backwards

2013
in an adaptation by Jack Thorne

Remarkable, edgy... dissects storytelling itself

The Guardian

A co-production with Sheffield Theatres, in association with Watford Palace Theatre, Underbelly and Dumbfounded.

Write my story backwards. You'll find the clue.

Stuart Shorter is a chaotic, violent, motormouth homeless man from Cambridge. Alexander Masters is a reserved, semi-dysfunctional, member of the educated middle-classes.

Jack Thorne’s new play Stuart: A Life Backwards tells the story of their unlikely, crusading friendship, and of Stuart’s entire life, told (backwards) by Alexander.

Adapted from Alexander Masters’ beloved Guardian First Book Award-winning biography of the same name, Stuart is a joyful and disturbing look at an unsung, inadvertent, British hero.

Stuart: A Life Backwards played at Edinburgh Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, and Sheffield Theatres.

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Cast & Creatives

  • Will Adamsdale
  • Fraser Ayres
  • John Cummins
  • Mike Goodenough
  • Sophie Russell
  • Kirsty Woodward
  • Hayley Kaimakliotis Casting
  • Jack Thorne Writer
  • Mark Rosenblatt Director
  • Jon Bausor Designer
  • Tim Mascall Lighting Designer
  • Lemez and Fridel Sound Designers
  • Lucy Hind Movement Director
  • Rebecca Brower Associate Designer
  • Poppy Rowley Assistant Director
  • Hannah Gore Stage Manager
  • Naomi Buchanan Brooks Deputy Stage Manager