The Accountants

4 - 11 May 2024

This event has ended
Two people in suits jumping in the air on a lit-up background
4 - 11 May 2024
The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
Standard £15-£20
Affordable £7.50-£10
Standard tickets £20-£30
Affordable £10-£15
Fri & Sat
Standard £25-£35
Affordable £10-£17.50

We’re putting art in the heart of Manchester, within reach of everyone; and have affordable options including £10 tickets for those on limited incomes.

For information about who qualifies for £10 and affordable tickets, visit our Affordable Ticketing Policy page

To book access tickets and personal assistant tickets please call 0161 817 4531 (Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm) or email


This event has ended

Contains theme of death and includes scenes of a sexual nature and flashing lights. Parental guidance advised – Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Running time: 90 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Accessibility features available for this event: Captioning Audio Description BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access

Experience an electrifying encounter of cultures as China and India take centre stage in this awe-inspiring theatrical event from visionary artist Keith Khan, choreographed by Xiexin Dance Theatre and Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company.

Prepare for a night of breathtaking dance, thought-provoking dialogue and stunning visual effects as The Accountants sifts through the clutter of data and stereotypes to reveal profound human connections and celebrate the vibrant tapestry of global culture.

Choreographed by the masterful XIE Xin of Shanghai and Bollywood’s own Terence Lewis/Mahrukh Dumasia, this dance extravaganza challenges our notions of identity and cultural dominance.

Main characters Kash and Liam – voiced by the talented Josh Hart and actor and author Shobna Gulati – are of British-Chinese and British-Indian heritage. Delivered via texts and voice notes, their banter and soul-searching dialogues playfully debate which cultural superpower reigns supreme – from food to iconic landmarks and spiritual beliefs.

This battle is enriched by a high-tech visual and acoustic feast crafted by the ARIA-nominated sound artist Somatic and the award-winning design studio idontloveyouanymore providing stunning immersive visuals, plus lighting design from the award-winning Simon Corder and dramaturgy by Jude Christian.

Brought to you by Keith Khan, whose grand artistic creations have adorned events from the Notting Hill Carnival to the London 2012 Olympic Games, The Accountants invites you on a global journey right from your seat.

On Wednesday 8 May, there is a post-show talk that anyone is invited to come along to: The Accountants Post-Show Talk


Accountants Trailer

  • Uplifting and optimistic

    Theatre Reviews North

  • A tantilising, stimulating and dazzling hybrid spectacle

    The Times

  • Stunning dancing and breathtaking visuals

    British Theatre Guide

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Artists


Side profile of Keith Khan
Multidisciplinary artist Keith Khan breaks down The Accountants and how this huge stage spectacle came together


We have a range of affordable tickets, including options from £10 for those who may need them. You can find out more about our Affordable Ticketing Policy here.

For ticketing and box office related enquiries, please contact or call 0333 322 8679 (phone lines are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm).

For more information please visit Ticketing and Sale of Goods Terms & Conditions – Factory International

The Creative Team

Side profile of Keith Khan

Director and Set Designer Keith Khan – known for his work on Notting Hill Carnival, the London Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Headshot of Jude Christian

Dramaturg Jude Christian whose recent credits include Manon Lescaut (English Touring Opera) and Titus Andronicus (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse).

Headshot of Mahrukh Dumasia and Terence Lewis smiling

Renowned choreographers Mahrukh Dumasia and Terence Lewis of the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company.

Headshot of Xie Xin

Choreographer XIE Xin – the Founder and Artistic Director of Xiexin Dance Theatre and a national first-class performer in China.

Black and white photo of Somatic

Sound Designer Somatic whose recent credits include audio-documentary Sonic Landscapes of Colour (BBC) and the VR film Child of Empire (Sundance Film Festival 2022).

black-and-white photo of the two members of idontloveyouanymore

Video designers idontloveyouanymore – an award-winning Manchester based art and design studio.

Headshot of Simon Corder

Award-winning Lighting Designer Simon Corder who has worked extensively in opera, site-specific performance, theatre, music theatre, and dance.

Creative team

Keith Khan Director and Set Designer

Jude Christian Dramaturg

Terence Lewis Choreographer and Founder & Artistic Director, Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company

Mahrukh Dumasia Choreographer and Creative Head and Chief Choreographer, Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company

XIE Xin Choreographer and Artistic Director, Xiexin Dance Theatre

Somatic Composer and Sound Designer

idontloveyouanymore Video Design and Digital Interaction Design

Simon Corder Lighting Design


Commissioned and produced by Factory International

Access information

Our full address is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ and the what3words is

You can approach Aviva Studios along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield). Both entrances to the building have double sets of glass doors.

To book access tickets and personal assistant tickets please call 0161 817 4531 (Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm) or email

Access bookings can be made by email or phone. They are also available in person at Aviva Studios.

Once inside Aviva Studios, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. The flooring throughout the building is smooth concrete.

The entrance to the Hall is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches. There is only one escalator, and this will take you up to the Hall before the show, and will be reversed so that you can travel down at the end of the performance.

The Social has a range of seating, including those with arms and backs.

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

Our building is large. We have portable stools available to borrow if you would benefit from resting along the way during your visit.

We have wheelchair spaces and seats at standing events for all events.

There is step-free access to all areas of the venue, with lift access to the Warehouse from the Social, and lift and escalator access to the Hall from the Social. The escalator leading to the Hall foyers usually works in the direction of audience flow, so it will take you up before the performance, and the same escalator will bring you down at the interval or at the end of the show.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of our building.

Accessible toilets are located inside the main toilets space in the brick arches of the Social.

Here you’ll find a mixture of accessible cubicles with left- or right-hand transfer, towards the back of the space, as well as ambulant accessible cubicles with grab rails, as well as a Changing Places facility.

The toilets in the brick arches of the Social are split into male, female and gender neutral – all of which contain accessible cubicles. There are shared handwashing facilities in each arch – they have soap dispensers under the mirrors to your left and dryers to the right. There are separate handwashing facilities inside the accessible cubicles.

There are additional single-room accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers, at stalls and circle level.

There are additional single-room accessible toilets located in the Warehouse Foyer.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at Aviva Studios.

Assistance dogs are welcome in our building, and we can provide mats and water bowls on request, just ask a host when you arrive. We can also take care of your assistance dog if you do not want to take your dog into the performance space. Please also refer to our assistance dogs policy.

If you are bringing an assistance dog to a ticketed event, please let us know in advance by contacting or calling our access phone number: 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday).

There is a BSL interpreted performance of The Accountants on Thursday 9 May 2024 at 7.30pm

There is an audio described performance of The Accountants on Friday 10 May 2024 at 7.30pm.

All performances of The Accountants have integrated captions.

Contains theme of death and includes scenes of a sexual nature and flashing lights. Parental guidance advised – Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Travel information

The building can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

By Bike

There are 40 bike parking spaces at Aviva Studios including space for two accessible bikes.

National Cycling Route 6 passes close to the venue and this TfGM webpage can help with route planning.

You can also hire bikes from on-street docking stations across the city centre. The closest docking stations to our venue are currently on Deansgate by Liverpool Road and (400m from the building) and by King Street (500m from the building). Take a look at Transport for Greater Manchester’s webpage for advice on cycle hire.

By Walking and Other Active Means

Aviva Studios can be approached along Water Street via Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

If you're coming from Quay Street, the safest route to avoid construction works is via the cut-through opposite Gartside Street and past

All footways in the surrounding area are well lit and there are appropriate crossings across all main roads.

Pedestrians with visual impairment are recommended to approach the building via Water Street, from Liverpool Road. This route has traditional carriageway and footway design with fixed street furniture which should help with navigation to the entrance.

A footbridge at Left Bank in Spinningfields provides an accessible link across the River Irwell to Salford Central station, and a further footbridge also links Aviva Studios with the Salford area of Middlewood Locks.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

Become a member

Experience extraordinary, all year round by becoming a Factory International Member. It’s just £45 for 12 months of benefits including priority booking, discounts, offers and much more. Are you in?

Sign up ↓