Lazarus Theatre Company
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
translated by Frank McGuinness
28th March - 1st April 2017
The Greenwich Theatre
A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.
Brecht’s thrilling and revolutionary play follows a young girl who makes the biggest decision of her life. Set against the back drop of war and mutiny, Grusha seeks refuge and asylum.
Her crime: saving the son of the fleeing establishment.
Her reward: The Chalk Circle.
This inventive ensemble production draws on Brecht’s pioneering techniques and thrilling text, set to an original score.
Our ★★★★★ production returns for 7 performances only after a sell-out run in 2016 at The Jack Studio Theatre.
“The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an exciting and engrossing piece of theatre…
The overall effect is amazing”
Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming
Cast and Creative
Grusha - Ashleigh Cordery
Singer / Simon – Jon Tozzi
Aniko / Old Peasant / Woman – Pauline Nakirya
Nanny / Fat Peasant – Paula Brett
The Governor’s Wife / Mother-in-law / Ludovica – Grace Cheatle
Adjutant / Inn keeper – Charles Warner
Monk / Nephew – Adam Boyle
Azdak / Governor / Corporal – Rob Peacock
Jessup / Shauva – Simão Ramos
Fat Prince / Lavrenti / Irakli – Tom Woodward
All other roles played by the company
For more cast information click here
Written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Frank McGuinness
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Sound Design by Neil McKeown
Songs by Robert Locke
Costume Design by Rachel Dingle
Associate Director – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Dramaturge – Sara Reimers
Assistant Director - Grace Joseph
Stage Manager – Sinéad Sexton
Production Manager – Ina Berggren
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston
The Caucasian Chalk Circle in rehearsal
Production shots of the 2017 company taken by Adam Trigg
★★★★ “Refreshingly accessible and frequently brilliant,
this mesmerising take on The Caucasian Chalk Circle is yet another strong offering from Lazarus Theatre Company.”
Views from the Gods
Free Post Show Q&A 'Politics of Theatre'
Join us for 'The Politics of Theatre and Theatre in Politics' Post show debate chaired by Terri Paddock on Thursday 30th March.
Terri shall be joined by special guests on the panel.
Free to all ticket holders of that evenings performance.
For more information click here.
Dates 27th March - 1st April, Tue - Sat at 7.30pm,
Wed matinee at 1.30pm, Sat matinee at 2.30pm
Venue The Greenwich Theatre
Tickets £17.50, £15.00 (Concessions)
All tickets on Tuesday 27th March just £10
★★★★ “This is Brecht as it should be - loud, large, with a point to make but always in control. A daring, collaborative production and one not to be missed”
Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres
★★★★ “It doesn’t get much bigger for Brecht fans than
The Caucasian Chalk Circle”
Michael Davis, Female Arts
An introduction to Brecht
'Art is not a mirror with which to reflect reality but a
hammer with which to shape it.' - Bertolt Brecht
Film maker Pinny Grylls looks at the theoretical work of Brecht, featuring archive footage from the 2008 National Theatre production of Mother Courage and interviews with this production's creative team including translator Tony Kushner and director Deborah Warner. Archive footage courtesy of The NT.
“Lazarus Theatre Company creates a very urban modern feel to this classic Brecht play… This is a very fine production… Extraordinarily powerful”
Keith Mckenna, British Theatre Guide
The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the press...
★★★★★ Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming
★★★★★ Micheal Moor, London Theatre 1
★★★★★ Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres
★★★★ Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1
★★★★ Michael Davis, Female Arts
★★★★ J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic
★★★★ Paul Ackroyd, Remotegoat
★★★★ Views from the Gods
★★★★ WestEnd Wilma
★★★★ “Bold, brisk, and bombastic, Lazarus Theatre’s Caucasian Chalk Circle is as modern and as true a whirlwind of Brecht as you can get”
J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic