Project Dictator Tickets London Theatre

Project Dictator Tickets

Or: Why democracy is overrated and I don't miss it at all.

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28 March 2022  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Well the title couldn’t be more apt but so is the content from Rhum & Clay, a company which has consistently delivered thoughtful, knotty pieces with contemporary relevance, strong visuals and often an undercurrent of the absurd. Here authoritarianism is put under the microscope using clowning as it follows a comedy double act whose freedom of expression is gradually limited by a slow tide of authoritarianism. Inspired by conversations with artists who have made work under autocratic regimes, the show explores when artistic free expression becomes complicity.”
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A riotous double-act are reunited for one final show – on pain of death.

Years ago they were banned, separated and ‘re-educated’. Now, they’re back and couldn’t be happier to star in a celebration of the State and its Glorious History. Their choice? To die on stage – or off it. Hahaha.

Devised by award-winning company Rhum + Clay with Hamish MacDougall, this is a darkly comic world premiere about artistic expression, complicity and the power of a damn good state-censored variety performance.

Following global success with The War of the Worlds, Artistic Directors Matt Wells and Julian Spooner perform, accompanied live by Syrian composer Khaled Kurbeh. Project Dictator was created in collaboration with international artists living under authoritarian regimes, whose anonymous contributions inspire and shape the show.

Between January - June 2022, New Diorama are offering free slices of pizza to every audience member post-show - in partnership with Domino's Camden. Visit the New Diorama website for more details.

Critic reviews

An inimitably profound theatrical experience

· The Upcoming

A masterclass in slapstick turned sinister

· Everything Theatre

A boisterous clown show that turns political theatre on its head

· Broadway World

Stingingly relevant

· The Stage

Wells and Spooner bring out the best in each other

· The Guardian

Anarchic satire

· The Arts Desk
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Date & time

Show ended
Tue 29 Mar - Sat 30 Apr 2022, 3pm & 7.30pm
Wed 27 Apr 2022, 2pm Babes-in-arms matinee


15 - 16 Triton Street, Regent's Place NW1 3BF London, UK · Get Directions

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