The Match Box

By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Lia Williams
Designer: Colin Richmond

A Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse production

The London premiere of a new play by one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights.

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The Match Box

And she grew to be a girl, my daughter, my Mary. Sing a song, Mary. Sing for grandma and granda. Sing.

The ties that bind can never be broken. For Sal, they hang like a noose around her neck, just loose enough to keep a small but potent flame alive inside.

A passionate story of one woman’s journey through forgiveness, revenge and redemption.

Leanne Best plays Sal.

Frank McGuinness’s previous credits include Greta Garbo Came to Donegal which had its World Premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, The Factory Girls and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.

‘An incredible feat of writing … Best’s all-consuming performance that will live with you long after the lights have come up.’ Official London Theatre

FOUR STARS ‘Best is extraordinary.’ Sunday Times

FOUR STARS ‘It’s a wonderful piece of work, and Best’s sad, lyrical, astonishing performance deserves to draw the town along the Kilburn High Road.’ WhatsOnStage

FOUR STARS ‘…delivered with astonishing and moving bravery by Best…’ Financial Times

‘…Best is magnetic, and has been intelligently directed by Lia Williams to vary the mood by shifting between light and dark…’  The Guardian

FOUR STARS ‘Intense storytelling… visceral force’ Metro

FOUR STARS ‘An incredibly intense piece of writing…’ Time Out

FOUR STARS ‘It’s rare to find storytelling as sharply and simply involving as this’ Daily Telegraph

FOUR STARS ‘So brutally powerful that it knocks the breath from your body’ The Times

FIVE STARS ‘This is the kind of rare performance that keeps on giving, and it’s not one to be missed’ What’s On Stage

FIVE STARS ‘Possibly the closest thing to theatrical perfection’ The Public Reviews

‘Directed by Lia Williams with unswerving sensitivity’ The Observer


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Thu 2 May 2013 - Sat 1 Jun 2013


Running time: 1hr 40 mins (no interval)

Due to the intimate nature of the performance, we will be implementing a no latecomers and no re-admittance policy.


£14 Mon 7.30pm, Midweek Mats at 2pm
£20 (£18 conc) Tues - Thurs 7.30pm, Sat Mats at 3pm
£22 (£20 conc) Fri & Sat 7.30pm

Concessions: Registered Disabled, Students, Unemployed, Over 60s and Brent Residents.

Allocated Seating: The theatre auditorium is unreserved seating. For a small additional charge, you can reserve one of the 40 allocated seats.

Midweek Mats at 2pm
Weds 22 & 29 May

Weekend Mats at 3pm
All Sats excluding 4 May

Press Night: Wed 8 May 7pm


£10 Student Wednesdays Valid for 15 & 22 May at 7.30pm (Limited offer.ID required).

£10 Senior Ticket for Wed & Sat matinees: Valid for 11, 18, 22 & 29 May (Limited offer. ID required).

Standby Tuesdays: There are a limited number of tickets available on Tuesday evening performances from £5 (minimum contribution). These can only be purchased from 10am on the day at the Box Office or 11am by phone.

Group bookings: Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th FREE.

Offers are limited and subject to availability.

Suitable for 15+


Lia Williams
Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer:
Charlie Lucas
Sound & Composition:
Giles Perring