The Long Run

29 Mar - 13 Apr 2024


A captivating, joyful comedy about love, cancer and really long journeys.

When Katie’s mum is diagnosed with bowel cancer her life grinds to a stop. But when she meets an elderly man in a radiotherapy waiting room corridor - everything changes.

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetimes. It can happen to anyone. People who run the marathon… They’ve only got themselves to blame.

Created by writer-performer Katie Arnstein and directed by incoming New Diorama Artistic Director Bec Martin, The Long Run is a tender, emotionally rich - and frequently hilarious - story about human connection, cancer diagnosis, and long-distance running.

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Reviews for The Long Run

★★★★ 'Captivating... left me poleaxed by its abundance of kindness' The Guardian

★★★★★ 'Truly special... laden with comedic touches, from dry wit to gut-busting hilarity' Reviews Hub

★★★★★ 'Impeccable... [an] emotional marathon through human connection' Fringe Biscuit

★★★★★ 'A touching and humorous exploration of love, resilience, and human connection' Theatre and Tonic

'A celebration of the transformative power of radical empathy' The Stage

​​'Its megawattage of authenticity and warmth brings all the power needed to make it a rewarding evening' The Times

Nominated: OffWestEnd Award for Best Performance Piece 2023

The Company


Writer & Performer - Katie Arnstein
Director - Bec Martin
Sound Designer - James Telford
Lighting Designer - Holly Ellis
Stage Manager - Andy Hollingworth
Producer - Grace Dickson
Assistant Producer - Rory Thomas-Howes


Presented in association with Grace Dickson Productions, supported by public funding from Arts Council England, and presented in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

About the artist

Katie Arnstein is a writer and performer from the West Midlands. Her work includes Wolverine Woman for BBC Three, and the multi-award-winning storytelling trilogy It’s a Girl! which consists of Bicycles and Fish, Sexy Lamp and Sticky Door. These shows have been awarded Show of the Week at VAULT Festival twice, Pleasance Pick of VAULT, an Offie Commendation for a short run and been shortlisted for both The Popcorn Prize and Evening Standard Future of Theatre Award.

Katie is an Associate Artist of Pleasance Theatre and has just been Highly Commended at the Women of the Future Awards in the Arts and Culture category. 

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