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About Machinal

‘How can that be? A great sin – a mortal sin – for which I must die and go to hell – but it made me free! One moment I was free!’

From the outside, Helen Jones and her husband had a ‘happy marriage’. Until she murdered him.

Based on the true crime story of Ruth Snyder in 1928 that shook a nation, Sophie Treadwell’s seminal Machinal is a pulse-pounding journey of someone pushed to breaking point by the relentless machinery of life, expectation and convention.

Rosie Sheehy (Oleanna, Chernobyl) reprises her critically acclaimed role in Olivier Award-winning director Richard Jones’ ‘outstanding production’ (Daily Mail).

The cast of Machinal will also include: Daniel Abelson, Sam Alexander, Steven Beard, Daniel Bowerbank, Imogen Daines, Buffy Davis, Tim Frances, Carla Harrison-Hodge, Emilio Iannucci, Pierro Niel-Mee and Wendy Nottingham, with further casting to be announced.

Director: Richard Jones
Set: Hyemi Shin
Movement: Sarah Fahie
Costume: Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting: Adam Silverman
Sound: Benjamin Grant
Casting: Ginny Schiller CDG

A Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath production in association with The Old Vic

Run time

1hr 50min. No interval.

Start date

11th April, 2024

End date

1st June, 2024



Old Vic


Ages 14+.

Production note
This production features the use of strobe lighting.
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425 Reviews

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Kent 2

224 Reviews | 75 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Clever, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You will enjoy a wild Expressionistic staging of an odd feminist drama from the 1920s.

Don’t see it if Spoiler: You don’t think a wife with a boring (but non-abusive) husband is justified in murdering him to achieve her “freedom.”



22 Reviews | 1 Followers
Psychology, Lead role, Performances, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like theater

Don’t see it if You like entertainment



30 Reviews | 1 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You are interested in feminism and interesting writing

Don’t see it if You don’t like stories about women



23 Reviews | 2 Followers
Top notch acting, Tense, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an intense drama along with fantastic set design, music and lighting. The principal actor is outstanding.

Don’t see it if You find it hard to sit still for two hours without a break. No other negatives.

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Our Review

'Machinal' review — Rosie Sheehy’s restless, urgent performance is astonishing

4 of 5
19 Apr 2024, 10:56
Read our four-star review of Machinal, written by Sophie Treadwell and based on the 1928 execution of Ruth Snyder, now in performances at the Old Vic to 1 June.


103 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB


Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)
Directions from tube: (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.


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