Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
A C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production Co-produced by Young Vic Theatre, Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg ; PARCO Co. Ltd / Tokyo ; Grotowski Institute ; Singapore Repertory Theater ; Théâtre de Liège ; C.I.R.T. and Attiki Cultural Society.
Destruction never approaches weapon in hand. It comes slyly, on tiptoe, making you see bad in good and good in bad.
The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic The Mahabharata 30 years after Brook’s legendary production took world theatre by storm.
The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused.
An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.
"Peter Brook's return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking - a dazzling piece of theatre"
"An hour of magic realism… it has a gentle power that lingers”
"Luminous and potent"
"Delivered with remarkable grace and deceptive lightness of touch"
"Combines the immediacy of story-telling with the purity of Greek tragedy"
"Something profound is felt on the pulse here... Peter Brook achieves rare magic, and with the slenderest art"
"A production of stunning beauty"
Le Figaro on Battlefield
“If we go on asking basic questions about what theatre is for, we have Peter Brook to thank for it.”
Michael Billington in The Guardian, 2015
Special screenings of Peter Brook's films will be shown at Ciné Lumière on 17 & 18 February. Find out more here.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees (except 3 & 6 Feb): 2:30pm
Running time: 1 hour, 10 mins
Latecomers will not be admitted.
Tickets: £10, £19.50, £27.50, £35
Previews: (3 & 4 Feb) £10, £19.50
A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.
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Direction Peter Brook and
Music Toshi Tsuchitori
Light Philippe Vialatte
Costume Oria Puppo