What's On

We choose to relish what others shy away from, show what others daren't; destroy boundaries when others would create rules. We explore the beauty of the text and skill of the actor to consider harsh, brutal themes with a modern examination of Theatre of the Absurd in classic and contemporary storytelling.

Our current productions

The Lesson

Southwark Playhouse Run and International Tour

A hysterical farce and riveting tragedy.

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Director Max Lewendel has taken Theatre of the Absurd to a new level" - Broadway Baby

"Ground-breaking, superb, unmissable" - Fringe Review

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸโ€œAn anarchic attack on totalitarianismโ€ - Theatre Board

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"90 minutes of pure theatre" - Theatre News

"Chilling and macabre, interesting and terrifying, hypnotic and riveting. A timeless fantasy" - UKย Theatre Network

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Incandescent" - London Pub Theatres

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Shocking, top-quality theatre" - Plays International

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Irreverent... brilliant" - London Theatre Reviewsโ€

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Flawless... expertly choreographed by Max Lewendel." - North West End Theatre

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"Absolutely excellent, intelligent and innovative" - DIal News

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Sardines Magazine

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"You don't just see the performance; you become fully immersed in the absurdity of the text" - Paul in London

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ"A must-see production" - London Living Large

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Romeo & Juliet

International

Violent delights have violent ends...

Following on from the success of Hamlet and Macbeth, the highly acclaimed Icarus Theatre Collective presents a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeareโ€™s most tragic tale โ€“ Romeo & Juliet.

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In defiance of their entire society and in secrecy from their closest friends, hopeful young lives burn amidst a cataclysmic backdrop of impending war.ย Sun and moon shine down on star-crossed lovers as a Jewish girl falls for a member of Nazi Youth and the boy questions everything he was taught to believe.

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They hide their passion and sexuality from their warring families and their closest friends. Misadventure, family pride, and anti-semetism abort and bury the most joyous of beginnings, the most hopeful of love stories as Romeo and Juliet, driven apart, find their world becoming a constricting, single mausoleum of fate and death.

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Running time: approx 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval.

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Education

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this is not a party
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Past productions

2016

The Trials of Galileo

International Tour

The Universe is a divine miracle Galileo, not a clockwork toy!

Emmy Award winning writer Nic Young re-joins Tim Hardy, faculty at RADA who has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and starred in major European tours.

2018

How to be a Bad Girl

Edinburgh Fringe

Queer daughter of Bulgarian immigrants brings the spirit of Burlesque to her cabaret act at the Free Fringe

New York's wittiest cabaret act - 'How to Be a Bad Girl' chronicles this former classical pianist's delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque.

2018

Macbeth

International Tour

Something wicked this way comes.

This slick production is perfect for audiences new to Macbeth and those already well acquainted with Shakespeareโ€™s tragedies.

2016

At the Mountains of Madness

International tour

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

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.

2017

Hamlet: Prince of Denmark

UK & Ireland Tour

Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation.

A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words.

2014

Hedda Gabler

National Tour

These impulses come over me all of a sudden, and I just canโ€™t resist them.

Icarus brings you one of the earliest challenges to modern patriarchy, a brazen precursor to feminism and gender equality. Recession and economic boom sit side by side in Heddaโ€™s world, antiquated by patriarchal society and made vibrant by Heddaโ€™s lust for life.

2013

Othello: Moor of Venice

Sep 2013 - May 2014

A tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance.

Tackling subjects of racism, belonging, and deception, this is a classic take on a poignant tragedy that mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition.

2012

Romeo & Juliet - 2012

National Tour

Violent delights have violent ends...

Following on from the success of Macbeth, the highly acclaimed Icarus Theatre Collective presents a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeareโ€™s most tragic tale โ€“ Romeo & Juliet.

2013

Spring Awakening

National Tour

We've all got our junk, and my junk is you.

A powerful production of this haunting classic play about the terrors of becoming an adult.

2011

Macbeth

International Tour

Something wicked this way comes...

This slick production is perfect for audiences new to Macbeth and those already well acquainted with Shakespeareโ€™s tragedies.

2010

Hamlet

Autumn 2010 - Spring 2011

To be or not to beโ€ฆ

Do I murder the king now or wait for proof? Are women constant and worthy or flippant and unfaithful? Is life worth living? To be or not to beโ€ฆ

2010

The Madness of George III

National TOur

Mad Kings and Englishmen...

The year is 1786. George III is King. King of England. He has a loving wife; a nation of subjects, a loyal parliament, and the world kneels at his feet.And all is not as it seems.

2010

Journey's End

National Tour

A group of officers prepares for an imminent German attack in a classic story of war and humanity.

1918. The rat infested trenches of the Somme. A group of officers prepares for an imminent German attack in a classic story of war and humanity.

2010

Rip Her to Shreds

Old Red Lion Theatre

Itโ€™s 1981 and Mena Town isnโ€™t ready for a seventeen year old transsexual.

Mena Town isn't ready for a seventeen year old cross dressing Debbie Harry, but D doesn't give a shit, he's going to be who he wants to be and no one's getting in his way.

2009

Othello

National Tour

A tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance!

Tackling subjects of racism, belonging, and deception, this is a classic take on a poignant tragedy that mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition.

2009

Vincent in Brixton

12 March - 06 June 2009

Inspiration found in the most unusual corners.

Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for best new play, this great show wrenches home the destructive qualities of both love and art and the sacrifices made by those who create it.

2008

The Time of Your Life

Finborough Theatre

First Revival since the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983

First Revival of Pulitzer Prize winning American/Armenian play since the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983

2008

Many Roads To Paradise

Finborough Theatre

Relationships are like going on a very long train journey.

Relationships are like going on a very long train journey. You have to keep on going till the end; you can't just jump out of the carriage when things get a bit bumpy..

2007

The Lesson 2007 & 2008

International Tour

A hysterical farce and riveting tragedy.

2006

Perhaps Merely Quiet

RADA Foyer Bar & South Hill Park Arts Centre

Female, 19, Bi-polar I Disorder, Most Recent Episode: Hypomanic.

'perhaps merely quiet' defines the betrayal, sacrifice, and helping hands women lend each other to walk a fine line of self within a web of mental illness.

2005

Albert's Boy

Finborough Theatre

A blackly humorous and achingly moving new play.

Winner of the Pearson Playwright Award, Pick of the week from โ€˜The Stage, Aleks Sierz Rogues and Vagabonds & Newsline

2004

Coyote Ugly

Finborough Theatre

An immensely compelling unrequited love story.

Critics choice by Time Out,Robert Shore. Play of the week by The Church of England Newsletter

2004

The Lesson 2004

White Bear and Etcetera Theatres

50s absurdism made over as '90s 'in-yer-face' apocalypticism

Our company's inaugural production, this was the first version of The Lesson which we later completely re-made and toured internationally.

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All our facilitators are professional actors or directors with a background in teaching and workshop leading. Having performed many of the Shakespeare leading roles themselves they know the texts inside out and can help even the youngest of students understand and connect with the language and core themes of the plays.

Education

All Star Shakespeare

All-Star Shakespeare is a fun, interactive series of workshops where each class can rehearse and perform a scene from a Shakespeare play, culminating in a school-wide sharing.

Education

The Alba Method

A safe alternative to emotion memory & psychological techniques for releasing, maintaining, & controlling emotional states on stage as well as in other areas of your life.

The Lesson Workshops

The Lesson Workshops

Step into the world of โ€˜Anti-Theatreโ€™ to learn how Ionesco, Becket, Pinter and their contemporaries shaped a new genre of performance. Or learn Stansislavski Technique: Actions, Objective, and Finding Truth. Can be adapted to suit abilities of GCSE, A Level, and Undergraduate students.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Your students will put on a shortened version of the play! Choose from 1, 2, or 3 full days of workshops. Professional actors & directors to help students achieve their grades or experience the joy of Shakespeare.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Your students will put on a shortened version of the play! Choose from 1, 2, or 3 full days of workshops. Professional actors & directors to help students achieve their grades or experience the joy of Shakespeare.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Your students will put on a shortened version of the play! Choose from 1, 2, or 3 full days of workshops. Professional actors & directors to help students achieve their grades or experience the joy of Shakespeare.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Your students will put on a shortened version of the play! Choose from 1, 2, or 3 full days of workshops. Professional actors & directors to help students achieve their grades or experience the joy of Shakespeare.

July 8, 2021

Creative Captioning

Creative Captioning offers opportunities to deaf and hard of hearing audiences to more fully immerse themselves in a performance. Captions can appear on stage by being integrated with a set design matching the style of the show and reflect characterisation and tone.