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The Graduate

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval
  • Age: 16+, contains nudity
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Thu 11 May
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More Information on The Graduate

Iconic characters from Charles Webb’s novel and the classic film are brought to life in this hilarious black comedy and moving coming-of-age story.

Benjamin returns from college to high expectations of a bright future in aspirational, middle-class America. The only trouble is, the thought of that future makes him sick to his stomach. When he meets another disillusioned soul in his parents’ best friend Mrs Robinson, their illicit relationship takes them on a thrillingly destructive course that threatens everyone’s future happiness.

Inspired by a memorable soundtrack of sixties songs, don’t miss this stylish new production by acclaimed director Lucy Bailey, whose celebrated productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse include Great Expectations, Dial M for Murder and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Audience Reactions The Graduate

BSL and Captioned Performance Information


Adapted by Terry Johnson
Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham & Buck Henry by special arrangement with StudioCanal
The Graduate is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD

Cast & Credits

Adapted by Terry Johnson / Director Lucy Bailey / Designer Mike Britton / Lighting Designer Chris Davey / Sound Designer Mic Pool / Casting Director Joyce Nettles / Video Designer Ian Galloway / Assistant Director Natasha Hyman / Fight Director Renny Krupinski /

West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve in association with Simon Friend and Gavin Kalin Productions present

  • Catherine McCormack
    as Mrs Robinson
  • Jack Monaghan
    as Benjamin Braddock
  • Emma Curtis
    as Elaine
  • Rebecca Charles
    as Mrs Braddock
  • Richard Clothier
    as Mr Robinson
  • Tom Hodgkins
    as Mr Braddock, Priest
  • Elsie Diamond
    as Mrs Tehune, Waitress, Stripper, Psychiatrist, Wedding guest
  • Daniel Crowder
    as Mr Tehune, Desk Clerk, Barman, Carl


“ laugh out loud funny and beautiful from start to finish”

- Yorkshire Post

“ superbly played production”

- The Stage

“ slick and stylish recreation of an iconic movie”

- Entertainment Focus

“ hilarious, deep and thoughtful”

- Theatre Full Stop

“ a darkly comic production with many laugh out loud moments and a skillfully created sixties vibe”

- Culture Vulture

“ beautifully crafted performances and a stunning scenography”

- Exeunt

“ wonderfully funny”

- The Yorkshire Times

“ stunning use of set”

- The State of the Arts

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
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Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors