Lazarus Theatre, the award-winning theatre company known for re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience, will open its tenth year in 2017 with the return of this year’s hit production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
The production of Brecht’s 1948 play, adapted and directed by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, was initially staged at Brockley Jack Studio. It will be remounted for seven performances only, running at Greenwich Theatre from 28 March to 1 April 2017, with a new press night on 29 March. The Caucasian Chalk Circle returns Lazarus to Greenwich for the first time since 2013.
The company’s other recent acclaimed productions of re-interpreted classics include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Tamburlaine (both at Tristan Bates Theatre), The Bacchae, an all-female Henry V and, just finished this past weekend at Brockley Jack Studio, The Beggar’s Opera.
A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war. Brecht’s 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 Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Lazarus’ inventive ensemble production draws on Brecht’s pioneering techniques and thrilling text, set to an original score by Neil McKeown and Robert Locke. It’s designed by Sorcha Corcoran, with lighting by Stuart Glover and costumes by Rachel Dingle. Casting for the new dates is yet to be announced.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Ricky Dukes said:
“To kick off our 10th year with the return of our Chalk Circle is fantastically exciting! We are looking forward to returning to our home town and to the Greenwich Theatre after our epic rep of King Lear and Dido, Queen of Carthage in 2013. We can’t wait to share this remarkable play with even more people.”