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I, Daniel Blake

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I, Daniel Blake returns to Northern Stage this autumn after its sell-out run in spring.

Adapted by Dave Johns from the film directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty, and produced by Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films.

Dan is a carpenter. A Geordie through and through. Just on the mend after a heart attack. Katie has just arrived from London. Finally got a council house for her and the kids. A fresh start.

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation. A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens when the political system is stacked against you. With 14.5 million* people living in poverty in the UK, this is not fiction. It is reality.

A touching and vital story of how people come together in the face of adversity and how sometimes creating a family to support you just isn’t enough. The show is adapted for stage by Dave Johns who played Daniel Blake in the award winning 2016 film.

*Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2022 Poverty Report.

A tiny dragon Productions and ETT co-production in association with Northern Stage, originally co-produced with Birmingham Rep and Oldham Coliseum

Age Guidance: 14+

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Running time

2hrs (including interval)


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Audience Feedback


★★★★★ The Stage


“Heartfelt performances centre a powerful adaptation of the Ken Loach film that feels more relevant than ever”

★★★★★ InNewcastle


“This is not fiction – this is an everybody story of how circumstances can leave anyone vulnerable”

★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions


“a stunning adaptation that is fiercely political”

★★★★★ Theatre & Tonic


“raw, relevant and heartbreaking”

★★★★ The Observer


“moving stage adaptation by the star of the film”

★★★★ Whats on Stage

Tour Dates

19-23 September, Liverpool Playhouse

0151 709 4776


26-30 September, Gala Theatre, Durham

03000 266 600 /


3-7 October, Leeds Playhouse

0113 213 7700 /


10-14 October, Oxford Playhouse

01865 305 305 /


17-21 October, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

0131 228 1404 /


24-28 October, Theatre Royal Stratford East

020 8534 0310 /


31 Oct-4 Nov, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

01604 624 811 /


8-11 November, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

024 7655 3055 /


14-18 Nov, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

01483 440 000 /

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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