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Lazarus Theatre Company

Classic Theatre Reimagined

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht, translated by Frank McGuinness

Our ★★★★★ production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle returns in 2017... to find out more click here

23rd February – 12th March

The Jack Studio Theatre

A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.

Brecht’s thrilling and revolutionary play follows a young girl who makes the biggest decision of her life. Set against the back drop of war and mutiny, Grusha seeks refuge and asylum. 

Her crime: saving the son of the fleeing establishment.

Her reward: The Chalk Circle.

This inventive ensemble production draws on Brecht’s pioneering techniques and thrilling text, set to an original score. 

Launching our 2016 season, The Caucasian Chalk Circle marks our return to The Jack Studio after our sell out productions of The Revenger’s Tragedy in 2015 and The Merchant of Venice in 2013.

★★★★★ “The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an exciting and engrossing piece of theatre… The overall effect is amazing”

Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming

Cast and Creative


Grusha - Ashleigh Cordery

Singer / Simon – Jon Tozzi

Aniko / Old Peasant / Woman – Pauline Nakirya

Nanny / Fat Peasant – Paula Brett

The Governor’s Wife / Mother-in-law / Ludovica – Grace Cheatle

Adjutant / Inn keeper – Charles Warner

Monk / Nephew – Adam Boyle

Azdak / Governor / Corporal – Rob Peacock

Jessup / Shauva – Simão Ramos

Fat Prince / Lavrenti / Irakli – Tom Woodward

All other roles played by the company

For more cast information click here


Written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Frank McGuinness

Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes

Designed by Sorcha Corcoran

Lighting Design by Stuart Glover

Sound Design by Neil McKeown

Songs by Robert Locke

Costume Design by Rachel Dingle

Associate Director – Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Dramaturge – Sara Reimers

Assistant Director - Grace Joseph

Stage Manager – Sinéad Sexton

Production Manager – Ina Berggren

Company Photographer – Adam Trigg

Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston

Chalk Circle Production Shots

Rehearsal and Production shots taken by Adam Trigg

★★★★ “This is Brecht as it should be- loud, large, with a point to make but always in control. A daring, collaborative production and one not to be missed”

Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres

Brecht and Political Theatre

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Box Office 

Dates 23rd February – 12th March, Tuesday – Saturday 7.45pm

Venue The Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley.

Tickets £14.00, £12.00 (Concessions) £10 (Previews)

To Book

PRESS AND OPENING NIGHT 25th February 2016

The Politics of Theatre - A post show Q&A - Friday 26th February

Our post show Q&A chaired by Terri Paddock featuring our Artistic Director Ricky Dukes, prolific Director Stephen Unwin (former Artistic Director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston and The English Touring Theatre) and writers of new musical “Corbyn the Musical” Rupert Myers and Bobby Friedman discussed “The Politics of Theatre”

To listen to the podcast click here

'Art is not a mirror with which to reflect reality but a

hammer with which to shape it.' - Bertolt Brecht

An introduction to Brecht

Film maker Pinny Grylls looks at the theoretical work of Brecht, featuring archive footage from the 2008 National Theatre production of Mother Courage and interviews with this production's creative team including translator Tony Kushner and director Deborah Warner.

Archive footage courtesy of The National Theatre.

“Lazarus Theatre Company creates a very urban modern feel to this classic Brecht play… This is a very fine production… Extraordinarily powerful”

Keith Mckenna, British Theatre Guide

Lazarus on Brecht

UK Theatre Networks' Carolin Kopplin talks with Director Ricky Dukes about Brecht, his influences and political theatre here.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the press...


The Upcoming Five Star review

The Gay Star News Review

The Fairy Powered Review

The Four Star Review from Female Arts

The Grumpy Gay Critic gives Chalk Circle Four Stars

London Pub Theatres and their Four Star review

British Theatre Guide review for Chalk Circle

The good people at UK Theatre Network and their review

Fairy Powered Productions review

Another Four Star review, this time from Remote Goat

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