Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew

3 - 7 May

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Step into the wonderfully weird world of multi-talented performer and director James Thierrée.

Following Tabac Rouge in 2014, James Thierrée returns with his latest critically acclaimed creation, featuring a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse.

Six characters emerge in a strange fairy-tale lair. A woman transforms into a lizard, a piano plays itself, and plates magically appear and disappear. In the middle of it all James Thierrée works his magic with the aid of a servant, only to have it undone by a man beast, and aerialist Thi Mai Nguyen and dancer Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim spin their tricks.

★★★★ "A spellbinding mix of ravishing visuals, seductive music and breathtaking acrobatics"

Co-production with Théâtre de Carouge-Atelier de Genève; Célestins-Théâtre de Lyon, Radiant-Bellevue; Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Théâtre Royal de Namur; La Coursive Scène Nationale de La Rochelle; Sadler’s Wells, London (in collaboration with Crying Out Loud); L’Arc Scène Nationale Le Creusot; Opéra de Massy; Odyssud Blagnac; Théâtre de Villefranche sur Saône; La Comédie Clermont Ferrand; Théâtre Sénart Scène Nationale; Edinburgh International Festival; Espace Jean Legendre - Théâtre de Compiègne, Scène Nationale de l’Oise en prefiguration - with the support of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - D.G.C.A. Compagnie du Hanneton is supported by the Ministère de la Culture and funded by the Fondation BNP Paribas.

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells in association with Crying Out Loud

Supported by The Monument Trust

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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