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    Heart of Darkness

    The story is impossible to tell but it must be told.

  • The Observer

    ★★★★ - "Not to be missed"

  • The Times

    “You may think you know this story, but this version, especially the ending, grips you anew”

  • The Stage

     “conceptually breath-taking” 

  • The Times

    "It’s radical in every way”

  • Behind  the arras

    “extraordinary production”

Heart of Darkness

Touring Theatre Show



Co-produced by Marche Teatro and Cast. Supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Theatre by the Lake.

Following the popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, it’s a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-sited in a timeless Europe, in a forsaken landscape lost to the destructive lust for power, it emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

This bold re-telling of Conrad’s classic is a visually rich, multi-layered work which fuses live performance with digital technology.

The performers enter the stage, into uncharted territory. They are adrift with a story that they know they must tell. As they wait for the turn of the tide, the story unfolds like an animated Cinemascope graphic novel on the hanging projections screens above their heads.

Their story is Conrad’s story, of the voyage into the perilous unknown. And, as we continue the journey, it becomes our story, exposing the dehumanisation that paved the way for the horrors of the 20th Century, and countless horrors yet to come.

The heart of darkness must be found. The story is impossible to tell, but it must be told.


UK TOUR 2018/19

16 – 17 November | Aberystwyth Arts Centre

20 – 24 November | Birmingham Repertory Theatre

5 – 6 March | Cast, Doncaster

7 – 9 March | Tron Theatre, Glasgow

19 – 23 March | The Dukes Lancaster

26 – 30 March | Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

2 – 3 April | Northern Stage, Newcastle

4 – 6 April | Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

9 – 10 April | York Theatre Royal

12 – 13 April | New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

16 – 18 April | Lowry, Salford Quays

1 – 4 May | Liverpool Playhouse

8 – 11 May | Belgrade Theatre Coventry


★★★★ “Not to be missed” The Observer

“conceptually breath-taking” The Stage

“It’s radical in every way” – The Times

“You may think you know this story, but this version, especially the ending, grips you anew”  The Times

“A hugely thought-provoking, contemporary retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness” There Ought to be Clowns

“a thought-provoking retelling of the tale for today” Reviews Hub

“The concept for this play is exceptional and very ambitious”Stage Talk Magazine

★★★★ “Meta theatre combined with some of the most creative multimedia production we’ve ever
seen” Break A Leggers

“Brilliant” Sheffield Star

“A thing of meta-fictional beauty.” Reviews Sphere

“At times mesmeric and jaw-dropping, constructed in layers before our eyes…dizzyingly exciting stuff.” Exeunt Magazine

“I can’t recommend Heart of Darkness highly enough.”All The World’s A Stage

“beautifully crafted, thoughtful and ambitious performance.” British Theatre Guide

★★★★ Broadway World

★★★★ “A beautiful piece…” Yorkshire Post

“Be still my beating heart, this was theatre like I’ve never seen before!” Pocklington Post

“If you want to know what theatre will be like in the future go and see imitating the dog…”
Yorkshire Times




Adapted and Directed by Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks

Video and Sound Design by Simon Wainwright

Costume Design by Laura Hopkins

Lighting Design by Andrew Crofts

Music by Jeremy Peyton Jones

Sound technician – Ian Ryan

Assistant Costume Designer – Reggie Doherty

Research Collaborators: Elnathan John, Testament, Michael Greaney


Laura Atherton

Morgan Bailey

Keicha Greenidge

Morven Macbeth

Matt Prendergast


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