The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Translated by Frank McGuinness
Monday 13 February at 7:30pm
Tuesday 14 February at 7:30pm
Wednesday 15 February at 7:30pm*
Thursday 16 February at 2pm
Thursday 16 February at 7:30pm
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.
About the show
In the heat of civil war, a mother abandons her son, and the responsibility to rear the child falls upon Grusha, a servant girl. She sacrifices everything in order to respectfully raise the young boy as her own, but when the biological mother returns a debate arises as to who the rightful mother of the boy is.
This is a fresh and powerful translation of Brecht's incendiary masterpiece by one of the most respected translators in modern literature.
Bertold Brecht (1898-1956) is one of Germany's best-known playwrights. His social critiques, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Threepenny Opera, resonate with modern audiences and continue to be frequently performed.
Frank McGuinness was born in Buncrana, Co Donegal. He has written extensively for the Irish theatre, both original scripts and translations. His awards include the London Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright for Observe the Sons of Ulster in 1985, and a Tony Award for his 1997 adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House. He has published several volumes of poetry and wrote the screenplay for Pat O'Connor's 1998 film version of Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. He is a writer-in-residence at UCD. He lives in Dublin.
Vik received his MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck, University of London and his PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare from The University of Warwick (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Vik has been associated with LAMDA since 2015 as a freelance director. In his current position, he directs and teaches across a range of LAMDA’s acting programmes. Public productions directed include Rotterdam, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Wild Honey, Posh, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Professional directing credits include the UK premieres of The Ice Cream Boys by Gail Louw, There or Here by Jennifer Maisel, Home by Sam Art Williams and Half and Half- The Curry Musical by Tim Reilly. International directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing in NY and The Tempest at the Rio Olympics.
Contains themes of death, justice, marriage, moral dilemmas, politics and poverty.
Pricing and concessions
Tickets cost £14, but we have £7 concessions tickets available to Hammersmith & Fulham residents, schools, students, or people who are over 65, under 18 or are on Job Seeker's Allowance. You'll just need to provide proof of your eligibility when you collect your tickets at the Box Office. We offer a complimentary ticket for carers, to book please call the box office on 020 8834 0500. If you belong to our Pathways Programme or work with any of our Pathways Partners you are entitled to complimentary tickets. Please contact the box office to book.
If you have any additional requirements, you would like us to be aware of, please contact box office on 020 8834 0500.
Booking your tickets
Book your tickets online or by calling our box office on 020 8834 0500.
If you're a member of the industry, please email [email protected] to book your tickets.
Ticket collection for in-person tickets
There is no need to collect tickets. You will be ticked off an attendance list on arrival.
Unfortunately, all tickets are non-refundable.
* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist
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