At the Mountains of Madness

Starring Tim Hardy
From the novel by HP Lovecraft, Adapted by Max Lewendel & Tim Hardy
World Premiere in Association with South Hill Park Arts Centre

Icarus honours Lovecraft's seminal tale as his Dyer leads us through his discoveries in the Antarctic ice, we question his reliability, his sanity, and then at last even our own place in the order of things.

The Cast

About

Desperate. Incensed. Exhausted. William Dyer returns from a cursed expedition to the Antarctic..

To protect the world, he keeps deep secrets about his experience that he knew would shatter his sanity. But as he comes to the realisation that we, the audience, are planning to go further into the arctic than he dared, will his secrets unfold? Will he finally be resigned to speak? Will he share the truth, and give us terrifying glimpses of - the horror of things that should not be?

Be drawn into the untold world of the Antarctic, and stumble upon unnameable horrors that lie beyond The Mountains of Madness.


The Cast

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Creative Team

Director: Max Lewendel
Production Manager:
Theo Holloway
Set Designer:
Christopher Hone
Costume Designer:
Kate Unwin
Sound & Music:
Theo Holloway
Lighting Designer:
Declan Randall
Stage Manager:
Lisa Berrystone, Stevie Carty
Graphic Artist:
Obsidian Design, Alison Hooper
Photographer:
George Riddell

Cast:

William Dyer: Tim Hardy
Lake:
Joel Gorf
Danforth:
Matthew Bloxham

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After their successful collaboration on The Trials of Galileo touring Malta, Spain, the Edinburgh Fringe, America, and the UK, RSC actor and RADA faculty Tim Hardy rejoins the collective for his 50th year working in the industry as the leader of the ill-fated expedition, offering theatre audiences a masterclass in acting.  William Dyer is brought vividly to life, trapped and tormented by visions of what he saw – and what he could not possibly have seen – in those ancient, Antarctic mountains of madness.

Supporting this performance, Composer and Audio-visual designer Theo Holloway will conjure the freezing terror that haunts our protagonist. A long-time Icarus collaborator, his work blends the musical, the atmospheric, and the subliminal in to an enveloping and terrifying whole.

The success of HP Lovecraft is found more in what is not said, what is not shown, offering a tantalising glimpse into a maddening world just beyond our reach.

Each production can be accompanied by a full array of workshops and curricular activities. Free programmes for school groups.

Estimated Running time: 1h30m including interval


Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Reviews

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★★★★★

Christian Liberman

So enjoyable in fact I've seen it twice (at Guildford's 'Yvonne-Arnaud' theatre and Clapham's 'Omnibus' theatre), and no doubt will be seeing it again if the tour continues for some time smile emoticon


★★★★★

A most engaging and entertaining performance, with a remarkable emotional range displayed. Bravo

★★★★★
Ijo Pona


It was a masterclass in acting with a thespian who held his audience in the palm of his hand as he conducted a one man play.


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What does our Community say?

Read our reviews over 24 productions

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

★★★★★
"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

★★★★
"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her."
Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

★★★★
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like."
David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

[Their] adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature"
Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her." Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like." David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

Icarus Theatre Collective's adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature." Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown