The Dance of Death archiveWhen an old friend comes to visit the captain and his wife, he quickly turns from saviour to prey as they toss insults like grenades, trying to gain him as an ally in their marital battleground. Strindberg's masterpiece revels in the black humour and incendiary jibes of two people locked in a deadly embrace. Only the children offer a chance to break the pattern of conflict that is their legacy. Predating Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by sixty years, The Dance of Death uses language as the most vicious weapon of all. As their 25th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They've driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations. When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin out of control.


Lindsay Duncan (Alice), Hilton McRae (Edgar), Emily Bruni (Katrin)


Author: August Strindberg
Producer(s): Arcola Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Royal and Derngate Northampton, Oxford Playhouse, Royal Bath Productions
Adapted by: Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Director(s): Mehmet Ergen, Imy Wyatt Corner (associate director), Naz Yeni (assistant)
Design: Grace Smart
Costume(s): Grace Smart, Chrissy Maddison (costume supervisor)
Lighting: David Howe
Sound: Daniel Balfour
Music: Kristina Arakelyan
Other: Tammy Rose (production manager)
Stage Manager(s): Roger Richardson, Aida Bourdis (deputy), Elsie O'Rourke (stage management placement)

The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01605663712. Details of all The Dance of Death archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1713762474

Archive Listings

28 Jun 22
23 Jul 22
Inner London, Greater London
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21 Jun 22
23 Jun 22
Royal & Derngate
Northampton, Northamptonshire
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13 Jun 22
18 Jun 22
Arts Theatre
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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7 Jun 22
11 Jun 22
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford, Oxfordshire
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19 May 22
4 Jun 22
Theatre Royal
Bath, Bath & North East Somerset
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