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Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière

Adapted and directed by
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

3 - 27 Feb

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.

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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.

Click here to see the audience response so far.

"Peter Brook's return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking - a dazzling piece of theatre"
The Guardian

"An hour of magic realism… it has a gentle power that lingers”
The Times

"Luminous and potent"
The Independent 

"Delivered with remarkable grace and deceptive lightness of touch"
Financial Times

"Combines the immediacy of story-telling with the purity of Greek tragedy"
Sunday Express

"Cool perfectionism"
Arts Desk

"Something profound is felt on the pulse here... Peter Brook achieves rare magic, and with the slenderest art"
The Telegraph

"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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Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

Visit The Cut Bar's website.

In the press

Peter Brook discusses his groundbreaking career with The Telegraph 

The powerhouse behind Peter Brook: Marie-Hélène Estienne reflects on an extraordinary collaboration - The Guardian

Peter Brook to return to the Mahabharata for new play, Battlefield - The Guardian

Direction Peter Brook and
Marie-Hélène Estienne 
Music Toshi Tsuchitori
Light Philippe Vialatte
Costume Oria Puppo

Carole Karemera
Jared McNeill
Ery Nzaramba
Sean O’Callaghan
Toshi Tsuchitori 

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