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Matter Of Life And Death, A

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About the Show Less...

Peter Carter is a young airman who cheats certain death, but to stay alive he must take himself and the heavenly authorities tot he Universal Court of Appeal. Read More >

A Matter Of Life And Death1945: Young airman Peter Carter jumps from a burning aircraft to certain death, exclaiming words for a girl he has never met – "I love you June. You are life and I am leaving you." An angelic blunder means Carter lives and finds the real June, but to remain alive he must take himself, and the heavenly authorities, to the Universal Court of Appeal.

Kneehigh theatre use theatrical ingenuity, movement and music to bring this production, based on Powell and Pressburger’s 1946 film, to the stage.

For more information about this show, please read The First Night Feature or The Big Interview with Douglas Hodge.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 03/05/2007

Opening Night: 10/05/2007

Closing Night: 21/06/2007

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Cast & Creative


Dorothy Atkinson, Stu Barker, Jamie Bradley, Dan Canham, Fiona Chivers, Meryl Fernandes, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Thomas Goodridge, Tamsin Griffin, Douglas Hodge, Craig Johnson, Pete Judge, Debbie Korley, Pieter Lawman, Dominic Lawton, Robert Luckay, Lyndsey Marshal, Stuart McLoughlin, Mike Shepherd, Lorraine Stewart, Tristan Sturrock, Alex Vann, Andy Williams, Lizzie Winkler, Kirsty Woodward


Director - Emma Rice

Producer - National Theatre in association with Kneehigh Theatre

Choreographer - Deborah Batton

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Set Designer - Bill Mitchell

Sound - Gareth Fry

Author - Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted by Tom Morris and Emma Rice

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