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William Golding's

Lord of the Flies

Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams

Tues 25 to Sat 29 Apr 2023

Arrive. Divide. Hunt. Survive.

In the midst of a raging war, a group of British school children are left stranded after surviving a devastating plane crash. Ralph is voted the leader over outcast Piggy and rule-breaking Jack. As tensions rise and the hunger for power grows, the group divide and become wildly out of control.

Left to fend for themselves, the children are tested to their limits as they struggle for survival in their new and mysterious surroundings.

Directed by Amy Leach (Macbeth, Oliver Twist, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet), this must-see production will be a modern staging of William Golding’s menacing 20th century classic with creatively integrated audio description available at every performance.

William Golding‘s Lord of the Flies adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. A Leeds Playhouse and Belgrade Theatre Coventry co-production presented in association with Rose Theatre.


Writer Nigel Williams – adapted from the novel by William Golding
Director Amy Leach (She/Her)
Set & Costume Designer Max Johns (He/They
Lighting Designer Chris Davey (He/Him)
Sound Designer & Composer John Biddle (He/Him)
Casting Director Lucy Casson (She/Her)
Fight Director Kate Waters (She/Her)
Movement Director Natasha Harrison (She/Her)
Associate Fight Director Kyle O’Gara (He/Him)
Deaf Creative Consultant Stephen Collins He/Him)
Lead BSL Interpreter  Sarah Cox (She/Her)
BSL Interpreter Rachel Merry (She/Her)
Audio Description Director Benjamin Wilson (He/Him)
Audio Describer Vicky Ackroyd (She/Her)
Assistant Director Zoe Lack (She/Her)
Trainee Assistant Director & Audio Description Consultant Ada Eravama (She/Her)


  • This story contains challenging themes and language including tribalism, colonialism, nuclear war, class divide, democracy, entitlement and power.
  • The play opens with news footage about war and evacuation, and the sound of a plane in distress and then crashing.
  • Two characters are violently killed by other children in the story. Both of these characters are disabled.
  • In the play many of the characters kill a wild boar, smear the blood of it over their faces in an act they describe as ‘devil worship’ and display the head on a stick to make it into the ‘Lord of the Flies’. By the end of the play, this head has decayed to a skeleton. The ‘boar’, ‘blood’ and ‘skeleton’ in the play will be fake.
  • The body of a dead parachutist hangs above the stage wrapped in their parachute for much of the play. This body is a mannequin.
  • There are various negative and derogatory references to body shape and physical prowess, especially in relation to the character of Piggy.