London premiere for The Incident Room

London theatre news: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Off-West End - Premieres - Shows

Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, New Diorama Theatre's critically acclaimed crime thriller, The Incident Room, gets its London premiere next month.
The Incident Room at New Diorama Theatre

Image courtesy New Diorama Theatre

Peter William Sutcliffe is one of the UK's most notorious serial killers, having been convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder 7 others.

He's more commonly known by his nickname 'The Yorkshire Ripper' which highlights the area in which he committed his crimes.

Set in Leeds in 1975, The Incident Room is a forensic examination of the five-year police hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and gets its London premiere at New Diorama Theatre from 11 Feb to 14 March 2020 (more listings details below).

With public pressure mounting, the investigators resorted to increasingly audacious attempts to catch the serial killer.

The Incident Room at New Diorama Theatre

Photography by The Other Richard

The Incident Room follows Megan Winterburn, the Sergeant running the new incident room at Millgarth Police Station, the epicentre of the case that nearly broke the British police force.

As well as working with Michael Bilton, the Sunday Times investigative journalist who covered the case and wrote the best-selling book Wicked Beyond Belief, the team consulted with the real policewomen who worked on the investigation in the incident room.

The Incident Room is co-directed by Beth Flintoff and New Diorama Theatre's Artistic Director, David Byrne, and is written by Olivia Hirst and David Byrne.

The show is a co-production with Greenwich Theatre supported by Arts Council England.

The Incident Room was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 and the show will also be playing after its New Diorama run at Greenwich Theatre from 17 to 21 March 2020.

Show listing information


It's 1975.

In Leeds, the Millgarth Incident Room is the epicentre of the biggest manhunt in British police history.

We follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper.

With public pressure mounting, the investigation resorts to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain's most notorious serial killers.

Following the award-winning productions of Secret Life of Humans and Down & Out in Paris and London, we go behind the scenes and investigate the case that broke the British police force.


Author: Olivia Hirst, David Byrne
Composer: Yaiza Varona
Director: Beth Flintoff, David Byrne
Set designer: Patrick Connellan
Costume designer: Ronnie Dorsey
Lighting: Greg Cebula
Sound: Yaiza Varona
Visual effects: Zakk Hein (digital design)
Movement: Kane Husbands
Production: New Diorama co-production with The Pleasance and Greenwich Theatre


New Diorama Theatre
15-16 Triton Street
Regents Place


From: Tuesday 11 February 2020

Closed: Saturday 14 March 2020


Previews: £3 (JSA Preview Tickets)

Standard: £16


Show website
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