Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio

3.9 (9) · Contemporary

Based on the original motion picture screenplay by Peter Strickland.

Lyn Gardner avatar
7 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Peter Strickland’s Lynchian masterpiece is transposed to the stage by Tom Scutt and Joel Horwood, and it is a chilling 90 minutes of horror. This is clever work, which, as you would expect, is exquisitely designed and lit, and it comes with a compelling performance by Tom Brooke as the nervy, suburban 1970s sound engineer, Gilderoy, who arrives at a Rome studio to discover that the movie he is working on is a horror flick in which women are tortured and killed. Complicity, art and what we see and do not see are explored in an evening that examines the structures that mean women go unheard in a man’s world.”


Italy, 1976. Gilderoy is a long way from home.

His work as a sound designer for Dorking-based nature documentaries has not gone unnoticed. He has swapped the foley table of his garden shed for the glamour of the Berberian Sound Studio. Here, at the height of giallo horror, cabbages become corpses, your own voice can be over-dubbed and silence speaks louder than screams.

Peter Strickland’s acclaimed subliminal horror film is adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Director Tom Scutt in this darkly comedic, sonic experience.

Critic reviews

Tom Scutt's directorial debut has sinister edge

Evening Standard

Tom Brooke stars in an impressively disturbing stage version of the cult horror film

Time Out

Berberian Sound Studio's vision, ingenuity and sheer gobsmacking audacity has blown Robbie Collin ten feet out of his seat

The Telegraph

Designer Tom Scutt makes an impressively unsettling directorial debut

The Stage

The bells and whistles are all here – in many cases, literally – but it's frustratingly difficult to work out what, in the end, lies beneath all this sound and fury


Brooke is never less than compelling in his assertive dweebishness

The Arts Desk

Berberian Sound Studio makes a fine job of bringing a strange film to the Donmar Warehouse stage

Financial Times

This is a technically impressive production that practices what it preaches, with the play’s soundscape eliciting visceral reactions from its audience and creating a distinct atmosphere

London Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 8 Feb - Sat 30 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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