The Shawshank Redemption

£23.50 - 40.50

Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including one interval
Age guidance: 12+
Friends Discount available
See discounts tab for full details

Bill Kenwright presents
The Shawshank Redemption

The nation's favourite movie becomes an acclaimed stage event!

Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, this thrilling stage production starring Joe Absolom (Eastenders, Doc Martin) and Ben Onwukwe (Royal Shakespeare Company, London's Burning) examines desperation, injustice, friendship, and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The 1994 feature film starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Please note
Replica rifles feature on the stage but no shots are fired. Stage-effect cigarettes are smoked during the performance. Includes strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, and some adult male nudity.

★ ★ ★ ★

a parable for our time

The Scotsman

★ ★ ★ ★


The Herald

Friends Discount

£5 off, Band A & B tickets, Mon to Wed


*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.



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We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

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Access Performances


  • Thu 27 Apr, 7.30pm

Audio Description

  • Sat 29 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Audio Describers: Myra Galletly & Caroline Jaquet

Touch Tour

  • Sat 29 Apr, 1.15pm

BSL Sign Language Interpreted

  • Sat 29 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Interpreter: Megan McArthur


Friends £5 off on Band A & B Tickets, Mon to Wed

Terms and conditions apply

Student/Young Scot card holder: £10 Standby tickets available on the day*

Groups (8+) £4 off Stalls and Dress (excl. Fri & Sat)
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email, or Groups phone number, 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off (excl. Fri & Sat)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Schools Groups (10+): £8.50, 1 teacher free with every 10 students. (excl. Fri & Sat) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

*Student/Young Scot Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student ID or Young Scot ID is required. Must use own ID. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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