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Cost Tickets - Full £15 / Cons £12 (OAP, Student or Equity) £10 Friends of The Rose and Southwark Residents (Only available directly from The Rose)
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To The Elephant Presents
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kate Littlewood
5th to 15th October 2016
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (Sunday Matinees at 3.00 pm Only)
No Monday Performances
Tickets - Full £15 / Cons £12 (OAP, Student or Equity)
£10 Friends of The Rose and Southwark Residents (Only available directly from The Rose)

Direct from Edinburgh Fringe 2016
“This production oozes quality from every pore…RSC quality at Fringe prices…Compelling viewing from start to finish.” MUST SEE SHOW - FringeReview

Shakespeare’s blistering Trojan War story gets a dystopian treatment in To The Elephant’s stripped back production, giving a 75 minute account of this rarely performed play. The rhetorical set pieces are distilled so that the story forges ahead to its destined conclusion.

Gossip and vanity drive the action and the reputations of its great stars - Helen, Paris, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon – don’t fare so well under the microscope. This production brings them up close and very personal, offering a searing insight into the vanity and depravity of war.

To The Elephant brings an irrepressibly modern thrust to the play as celebrity war-mongering again turns the world’s eyes to the Aegean Sea and beyond, to stalemate, carnage and the personal acts that precipitate general destruction.

John O’Hara's (Jethro Tull) music both sets the scene and subtly underscores, Ben O’Grady’s lighting searches out the light and shade in the unique space at The Rose Playhouse.

‘Wherever there is war and debate about its rights and wrongs, Troilus and Cressida will be a living play’. Jonathan Bate.

Direct from EdFringe 2016 - MUST SEE (Fringe Review)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(Fringe Guru) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(London Theatre 1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(Broadway Baby)

“This stripped back and streamlined performance is a great argument for the play’s rediscovery, delivering a fast-paced wartime drama”.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Broadway Baby

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre, 1587.
The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred meters away.
Official Review by Paul Ackroyd, read now
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