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The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

inspired by the novel by Joseph Conrad

A theatre O / Young Vic co-production

Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and supported by the Arts Council England, Shoreditch Town Hall, and the National Theatre Studio

4 - 21 September 2013

The Maria

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Secret terror cells, political conspiracy, police bungling, state-sponsored bomb plots…
This is London, 1896.

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, The Secret Agent is theatre O's heartbreaking but hilarious chronicle of passion, betrayal and terrorism. 

Set at a time of social upheaval and a growing disparity between rich and poor, at the heart of this tale is a woman fighting to protect her young brother from exploitation and violence.

In their trademark highly imaginative style - (‘vivid, enlightening, inventive and compelling’ - The New York Times) - music hall and early cinema collide in theatre O’s return to the stage after 5 years away. 

'There are few opportunities to see physical theatre companies of the quality of theatre O'
The British Theatre Review


Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2:45 pm (excluding 4 & 7 Sep)

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes (without an interval)


Tickets: £10, £19.50

A limited number of concessions are available for each performance. Early booking is advised. Eligible for Season Savers

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. 

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In the press

"When action speaks louder than words," director Joseph Alford meets the Financial Times to discuss theatre O, wordless moments and devising theatre around a novel 

Created by theatre O, Matthew Hurt and the Company

Direction Joseph Alford
Design Simon Daw
Light Anna Watson
Sound Gareth Fry
Video design Simon Daw and Paddy Molloy
Animation Paddy Molloy
Choreography Eva Vilamitjana
Music Marc Teitler

Devised and performed by

Carolina Valdés
Leander Deeny
Dennis Herdman
Helena Lymbery
George Potts

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