The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

A political prisoner wakes in a pitch-black cell, unable to see what terror hides in the darkness. As tension and fear escalate, the chances of survival grow slim.


Performed by just one actor with innovative binaural sound design, comes this new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale from award-winning Creation Theatre Company. An exploration of sensory deprivation and isolation in a near pitch black room this promises to be a fully immersive experience like no other using AV projection and wireless headphones.

Creation Theatre Company return to Omnibus Theatre following their riotous, smash-hit production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer (a finalist for the Off-West End Award for Best Theatre for Young People 2017). Creation have been producing site-specific productions across Oxfordshire for 22 years, bringing anarchic adaptations of classic stories to unusual venues.

The Pit and the Pendulum has been adapted by Christopher York, a recipient of the High Tide First Commissions Award and a member of Old Vic 12 Shortlist 2016.

Critic reviews

The original twist of a Poe horror classic

Everything Theatre

There is an opportunity to see a talented young actor at work with a decent script for her to showcase her skills

West End Wilma

This production leaves you proud of the human spirit's capacity to resist - an admirable sentiment, but not really Poe's

Broadway World

Creation Theatre’s The Pit and the Pendulum is certainly not an adaptation in any traditional sense – though I don’t think many Poe fans will be too disappointed with this stimulating and experientially immersive rendering of the text

A Younger Theatre

Playful, deconstructive retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, set in a present-day prison cell in Iran

The Stage

Date & time

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Tue 6 Nov - Sat 24 Nov, 4pm, 7.30pm, pm


1 Northside Clapham Common SW4 0QW London, UK · Get Directions

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