Vincent River 2022

Green Carnation Company present

Wednesday 12 – Wednesday 19 October 2022, at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm

…Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita is haunted by grief and shame. They have never met. Tonight their paths will collide with devastating consequences.

Green Carnation are back! We’re returning to Hope Mill Theatre, where our journey first began in 2018, with a thrilling new production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Vincent River’.


Thrilling, heart-breaking, and at times darkly humorous, Philip Ridley’s powerful play examines hate crime, loss, prejudice and sexuality in this tense game of cat and mouse set in London’s East End.

This modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2000, and a West End smash in 2007 & 2018. A multi-award winning playwright, Philip Ridley’s plays have become synonymous with some of the greatest pieces of LGBTQ+ theatre in the last century.

“Ridley’s best play” Time Out

“Tender, Funny, Heart-breaking, with a great cast” Russell T Davies on Green Carnation’s production of ‘My Night with Reg’

“Ridley’s writing glistens in high-definition” What’s On Stage

“Fantastically human. Impeccable delivery and razor-sharp direction. A theatrical culinary feast.” The Reviews Hub on Green Carnation’s production of ‘My Night with Reg’

Artwork by Sean Longmore.

Suitable for ages 16+:  Themes of homophobia, abuse and murder. Characters smoke and drink throughout. Strong language.


We’re giddy to be making theatre again, but we need your help. We need to raise £3,000 to make this show and every little helps. Please help us by donating online:


‘Vincent River’ was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London on 6 September

2000. The play was revived by Ros Povey for Old Vic Productions at the Trafalgar Studios, London on 30 October 2007.  It is presented by arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd.