The Trench

The Trench

Southwark Playhouse · 10 OCT - 17 NOV

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Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.


Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

From the creators of The Terrible Infants, Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains.

Critic reviews

Visually stunning, vividly realised wartime fairytale from Les Enfants Terribles

The Stage

Les Enfants Terribles revive their World War One drama


First World War story from Les Enfants Terribles feels flimsy and derivative

Evening Standard

For some, the spectacle will be enough, but many will leave believing that they saw half a good play or half a good show

Broadway World

Les Enfants Terribles mark the centenary of the end of WW1 by bringing back this gothic 2012 hit

Time Out

Date & time

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Wed 10 Oct - Sat 17 Nov, 3pm & 7.30pm


Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway SE1 6BD London, UK · Get Directions
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