“Mad, bad and dangerous to know…” ~ Lady Caroline Lamb’s first impression of the poet Lord Byron.

Founded in December 2014, Dangerous To Know is a Manchester-based theatre company that brings modern history to the stage, lending the past a powerful contemporary voice. Firmly based in truth, our works dissect long-accepted “facts” and opinions, and explore myths through the sharp lens of modern values. There is another side to every story.


The company delivered the first ever performance adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley as part of a tour of Farfield Mill in Sedbergh – a beautiful town, which is part of both Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales – on the 16th and 17th of September 2017. Find more information here.

Theft of a Girl – our first multimedia piece based around a simple and striking live monologue accompanied by a stop-motion film about the abduction of Ellen Turner from Pott Shrigley in 1826 – was performed as part of Live at Lyme, a collaboration between Trust New Art and Creative Industries Trafford. The piece was shown as one of many at the National Trust’s Lyme Park in Disley at the end of September 2017.

Our inaugural work was The Dissolution of Percy, a unique piece of theatre about the final few years in the life of Branwell Brontë. The piece was funded by Grants for the Arts and performances took place at The Kings Arms Theatre in Salford and Parkside Social Club in Haworth.

“Gripping… Fine performances… Excellent…” ***** RemoteGoat (The Dissolution of Percy)

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  1. Michelle Teasdale says:

    Will you be performing this anywhere else after Howarth? I usually get up there at least once a month but can’t make that date, I would have loved to see it there too. Any chance you’ll be performing it in Liverpool? Branwell enjoyed many a visit to Liverpool.


    1. Hello Michelle,

      At present, our performance in Haworth is the final date of our run. The production will be performed in Salford from 4th – 7th November (see details: https://dangeroustoknow.org/the-dissolution-of-percy-book-tickets/) which is, of course, a little closer. We would absolutely love to bring the production to Liverpool; we are well aware of its connections with Branwell’s story, but that is of course dependent on everything that happens after curtain-down on the final night! As a new company, everything is tantalizingly “up in the air” for us at the moment. It’s wonderful to hear that we’re in demand, and touring elsewhere is certainly something we want to pursue, but in the meantime, in order to ensure you get to see the piece, I’d definitely recommend getting tickets to one of the Salford dates if you can make it!

      Best wishes,



  2. mcphoney1983 says:

    That would be great if you could bring the production to Liverpool! Fingers crossed! It’s very difficult for me to get up to the Manchester at the best of times but being in Liverpool would be quite local to me!! Be great to see if that was possible!!


  3. mcphoney1983 says:

    That would be great if the production could come to Liverpool! Hopefully you can pull some strings to make it happen! I find it difficult to get up Manchester ways at the best of times but Liverpool would be ideal! Fingers crossed! And keep up the good work btw!!


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