The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

New Version - A Rose Original Production

Overview

'Now hear the tale of the trial for the Governor’s child
To establish the rightful mother
Through the legendary test of the Chalk Circle'

Bertolt Brecht’s epic tale about justice and humanity is propelled into the present day, in a new version by Steve Waters (The Last King of Scotland) with original songs by Michael Henry (Barber Shop Chronicles).

In a refugee camp, a fight breaks out over lost land. To seek resolution, a singer tells the fable of ‘The Chalk Circle’: in the midst of a bloody revolution, a servant girl risks all to raise the abandoned child of the Governor and his wife. Years later, when the Governor’s wife returns seeking her son, a rogue judge turns justice on its head. Can the test of the Chalk Circle determine which of the two women is the boy’s real mother?

This production, developed in association with MGC, is directed by the Rose’s Artistic Director Christopher Haydon as part of his debut season and is the first major London production of Brecht’s tragicomic masterpiece for 25 years.

Age Recommendation: 12+
Warning: Some strong language

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Date & time

Opening 23 Apr 2022
Sat 23 Apr, 2022 - Sat 14 May, 2022
2.30pm, 7.30pm & 8pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins

Venue

24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1H London, UK · Get Directions
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