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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.

Author August Strindberg.

Archive listings for The Dance of Death

Work type: Play.


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.Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Director Mehmet Ergen.
18 Jun 20 to 25 Jul 20Arcola, Inner London :: V1422226940
listing details L1627033097


Producer Donmar Warehouse. Director Titas Halder. Translation Conor McPherson. Adapted by Conor McPherson. Design Richard Kent. Lighting Richard Howell. Sound Alex Baranowski. Music Alex Baranowski. Performer Kevin R McNally (Edgar). Performer Daniel Lapaine (Kurt). Performer Indira Varma (Alice).
13 Dec 12 to 5 Jan 13Trafalgar Theatre (formerly Trafalgar Studios), West End :: V420
listing details L01136454369


Company Mercury Theatre Company. Adapted by Mike Pouton. Director David Hunt. Design Michael Vale. Lighting Gary John Spraggett. Performer Christine Absalom. Performer Gregory Floy. Performer Sean Baker. Performer Natasha Buckley.
15 Nov 01 to 1 Dec 01Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
listing details L0915795162


Director Stewart Laing. Design Stewart Laing. Translation Gregory Motton. Performer Tam Dean Burn. Performer Anne Marie Timoney. Performer Tristram Wymark. Performer Estelle Morgan. Performer Ida Schuster. Performer Seamus Whitty. Performer Andrew Joseph.
27 Oct 00 to 18 Nov 00Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
listing details L0884154899

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4 Dec 07 to 23 Dec 07Pentameters, Inner London :: V217
listing details L314547318

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