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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?


We’re sorry to say that They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? won’t be going ahead at the Bridge Theatre this November. We and our partners on the production, Elliott & Harper, hope that it will be possible to mount the show at some point in the future.

If you have a booking for this show we can organise a refund – either to your original payment method or as a credit to your account at the Bridge. (That would be very helpful indeed.)  You can be in touch with us at


The real-life dance marathons of Depression-era America could last weeks, even months.

Paula Vogel’s new play is based on Horace McCoy’s classic story of ambition, desperation and determination.

In Marianne Elliott and Steven Hoggett’s production, The Bridge will be transformed into a 1930s dance hall.

Set design by Bob Crowley, music by Charlotte and Mike Truman, and casting by Charlotte Sutton. A co-production between London Theatre Company and Elliott & Harper productions, with Brandon Millan and Rick Sparks.

If you would like the chance to join the dance, select Stalls Rows A–D , AA–MM or Gallery 1 AA–CC.

Ticket prices
£72.50, £57.50, £39.50, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinées
Premium tickets available

Performance schedule
Monday–Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm


Access Performances 
Audio Described: Saturday 23 January, 2.30pm
Captioned: Saturday 16 January, 2.30pm


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Creative Team

Marianne Elliott

Marianne Elliott most recently co-directed Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (alongside Miranda Cromwell) at the Young Vic which, following its West End transfer, is currently playing at the Piccadilly Theatre.  Previously Elliott directed the award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company which transfers to Broadway next year and the West End premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle for Elliott & Harper.  During her time as Associate Director at the National Theatre her award-winning productions include Angels in America, War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  She was previously Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre and has also directed for the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic and the Donmar Warehouse.

November 2019

Steven Hoggett

Steven Hoggett was most recently the movement director for Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National TheatreHis previous credits for the National Theatre include Pinocchio, Light Princess, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also on Broadway and West End), Dido Queen of CarthageThe Hot House and Market Boy. His West End theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre (also performed internationally), Close To You – Bacharach Reimagined at the Piccadilly The Twits at the Royal Court and Once at the Phoenix Theatre (also performed on Broadway). His Broadway theatre credits include Joan of Arc: Into the Fire at the Public Theatre, The Crucible at the Walter Herr Theatre, Angels in America and The Last Ship  at the Neil Simon Theatre, Rocky at the Winter Gardens The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T and the Booth Theatre, Peter and the Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and American Idiot at the St James Theatre. Opera includes Rigoletto at the Met. Hoggett was a founding co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly for which his credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, LovesongOthelloLittle DogsBeautiful BurnoutStockholmPool (No Water) and Dirty Wonderland. His film credits include How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Freak Show.

November 2019

Horace McCoy
Adapted by
Paula Vogel

American playwright Paula Vogel received the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive. Her other plays include Indencent (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play) The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas.

November 2019

Set Designer
Bob Crowley

Theatre Bob Crowley’s designs for the National Theatre include Pinocchio, Collaborators, Travelling Light, The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, Fram (also Co-Director), The History Boys (also Broadway, Tony Award) and Mourning Becomes Electra; for the RSC, more than 25 productions, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets (Olivier Award). On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie (also West End), Carousel (Tony Award), The Capeman, Sweet Smell of Success, Disney’s Aladdin (also West End), Aida (Tony Award), Tarzan (also directed), Mary Poppins (Tony Award), The Year of Magical Thinking, The Coast of Utopia  (Tony Award) and Once (Tony Award). Other stage designs include Allelujah! at The Bridge; The Inheritance; The Moderate Soprano; An American in Paris on Broadway and in London and Paris (Tony and Olivier Awards); The Audience in the West End and on Broadway; Skylight in the West End and on Broadway; Great Scott for Dallas Opera; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale and Strapless for the Royal Ballet; The Cunning Little Vixen for le Châtelet; and Don Carlo and La Traviata for the Royal Opera. 

Film includes Othello, Tales from Hollywood, Suddenly Last Summer and The Crucible (costumes). 

Awards  He received The Royal Designer for Industry Award and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.

January 2019

Charlotte & Mike Truman
Casting Director
Charlotte Sutton CDG
Lighting Designer
Tim Lutkin
Sound Designer
Tom Gibbons