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Rhinoceros archiveIn a sleepy French provincial town, a rhinoceros rampages across the market square. Another crushes someone's cat. A woman sounds the alarm: it is the townspeople themselves who are transforming into these raging beasts. As more and more of the citizens embrace their future as rhinos, just one man - the drunkard Berenger - refuses to transform. But why does he feel so out of step with everyone else? And what will his refusal to conform cost him? Eugene Ionesco's classic 1959 play is an uproarious absurdist farce - and a chilling examination of conformism, nationalism, fascism and fundamentalism that has been compared with Orwell's Animal Farm and Camus's The Plague. It considers the countless ways in which humans are content to adapt themselves to new and horrifying circumstances, and give in to poisonous ideologies. Alongside its piercing political insights, it is comic, thrillingly theatrical and deeply human, focusing on the unlikely hero of the everyman Berenger, and the possibility of resistance to what might seem inevitable.

Author Eugene Ionesco.

Archive listings for Rhinoceros

Work type: Play.


Company Theatre Paradok.
5 Dec 18 to 8 Dec 18Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh :: V26097662
listing details L767497922


Producer Edinburgh Lyceum. Producer Edinburgh International Festival (in association with DOT Theatre Istanbut).
23 Mar 18 to 7 Apr 18Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh :: V604
listing details L1228646406


Presented byRoyal Lyceum Theatre. Company DOT Theatre (Istanbul). Adapted by Zinnie Harris. Director Murat Daltaban.
3 Aug 17 to 28 Aug 17Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh :: V604
listing details L542492738


Producer Questors Theatre.
2 Oct 15 to 10 Oct 15Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
listing details L1134979345


Director Joanne Allan. Music Sion Dey.
25 Oct 13 to 27 Oct 13Lyric Theatre, Belfast :: V552
listing details L0995374527


Performed in French with English surtitles. Running time: 110mins/no interval. Age guidance: 14+Company Theatre de la Ville.
14 Feb 13 to 16 Feb 13Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L1495079221


Corporate Sponsor Coutts. Producer Royal Court Theatre. Translation Martin Crimp. Director Dominic Cooke. Sound Ian Dicksinson. Music Gary Yershon. Director Sue Lefton (movement). Design Anthony Ward. Lighting Johanna Town. Choreographer Due Lefton. Performer Benedict Cumberbatch. Performer Zawe Ashton. Performer Michael Begley. Performer Jasper Britton. Performer Paul Chahidi. Performer Jacqueline Defferary. Performer David Hinton. Performer Lloyd Hutchinson. Performer Claire Prempeh. Performer Alwyne Taylor. Performer Graham Turner.
21 Sep 07 to 15 Dec 07Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre, West End :: V411
listing details L341955342


Company Friendly Bombs Theatre Company.
21 Nov 06Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
listing details L01995230791


Producer Lemon Tree. Producer The Lemons.
16 Jun 06 to 17 Jun 06Lemon Tree, Aberdeen :: V587
listing details L138102519


Company Oxford Youth Theatre. Director Network of Stuff. Director Rachel Capell. Design Nomi Everall.
22 Mar 05 to 26 Mar 05Pegasus Theatre, Oxford :: V801
listing details L0865772973


Company Kabosh Theatre.
5 Mar 05 to 23 Mar 05Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
listing details L1014600938


Company Arc Youth Company.
11 Mar 04 to 12 Mar 04Arc Theatre, Trowbridge :: V881281219
listing details L2127402937


Company Oundle School.
27 Nov 03 to 30 Nov 03Stahl Theatre, Oundle :: V452
listing details L01993899348


Company Peepolykus. Director Kate Beales. Design Charles Camm. Director John Nicholson (music). Performer John Nicholson. Performer David Sant. Performer Javier Marzan. Performer David Benson. Performer Flick Ferdinando. Performer Phoebe Soteriades.
22 Oct 02BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Inner London :: V168
listing details L048560884
30 Sep 02 to 19 Oct 02Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
listing details L0360223627
21 Sep 02The Rondo, Bath :: V855
listing details L0729815713
17 May 02Phoenix Arts, Leicester :: V432
listing details L2099701133
15 May 02 to 16 May 02Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington :: V563
listing details L595366460
14 May 02Metropolitan University, Leeds :: V978
listing details L01068465304
9 May 02 to 11 May 02Pegasus Theatre, Oxford :: V801
listing details L01900783543
6 May 02Exeter Phoenix, Exeter :: V889
listing details L0838721579
30 Apr 02 to 1 May 02Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton :: V795
listing details L297411545
26 Apr 02The Maltings Theatre (formely Maltings Arts Centre), St Albans :: V52
listing details L01111989285
25 Apr 02The Mill Arts Centre (formerly The Mill), Banbury :: V794
listing details L0542531471
15 Apr 02 to 20 Apr 02Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
listing details L0506869950
4 Apr 02Dorking Halls, Dorking :: V1030
listing details L1651839146
19 Mar 02 to 20 Mar 02South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L991625121
12 Mar 02 to 13 Mar 02Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
listing details L01647763967
6 Mar 02 to 7 Mar 02Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
listing details L02139114611
1 Mar 02 to 2 Mar 02Merlin Theatre, Frome :: V916
listing details L1759320898
26 Feb 02Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L1425655181


There are post performance discussion following Wed/Thurs evening performances.Company Experimental Theatre Company.
26 Jan 00 to 29 Jan 00The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L1076169632


Company Cactus Productions. Director Andrea Brooks. Design Philip Engleheart. Design Dora Schweitzer. Design Steven Wilson.
27 Mar 97 to 20 Apr 97Riverside Studios, Outer London :: V331
listing details L0157722358

Other listings

27 Nov 19 to 29 Nov 19Michael Frayn Theatre, Kingston :: V1551005398
listing details L509814687
8 Aug 96 to 17 Aug 96Brixton Shaw Theatre, Inner London :: V173
listing details L0761639777

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