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Lazarus Theatre Company

Classic Theatre Reimagined

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht

translated by Frank McGuinness

28th March - 1st April 2017

The Greenwich 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. 

Our ★★★★★ production returns for 7 performances only after a sell-out run in 2016 at The Jack Studio Theatre.

#Brecht #ChalkCircle 


“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

The Caucasian Chalk Circle in rehearsal

 Production shots of the 2017 company taken by Adam Trigg

★★★★ “Refreshingly accessible and frequently brilliant,

this mesmerising take on The Caucasian Chalk Circle is yet another strong offering from Lazarus Theatre Company.”

Views from the Gods

Free Post Show Q&A 'Politics of Theatre' 

Join us for 'The Politics of Theatre and Theatre in Politics' Post show debate chaired by Terri Paddock on Thursday 30th March.

Terri shall be joined by special guests on the panel.

Free to all ticket holders of that evenings performance.

For more information click here.

Box Office 

Dates 27th March - 1st April, Tue - Sat at 7.30pm,

Wed matinee at 1.30pm, Sat matinee at 2.30pm

Venue The Greenwich Theatre

Tickets £17.50, £15.00 (Concessions)

All tickets on Tuesday 27th March just £10

To Book Click Here

★★★★ “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

★★★★ “It doesn’t get much bigger for Brecht fans than

The Caucasian Chalk Circle” 

Michael Davis, Female Arts

An introduction to Brecht

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

hammer with which to shape it.' - Bertolt 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 NT.

“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

The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the press...

★★★★★ Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming

★★★★★ Micheal Moor, London Theatre 1

★★★★★ Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres

★★★★ Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1

★★★★ Michael Davis, Female Arts

★★★★ J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic

★★★★ Paul Ackroyd, Remotegoat

★★★★ Views from the Gods

★★★★ WestEnd Wilma

My Theatre Mates announce Chalk Circle return

BroadwayWorld announce The return of Chalk Circle

#ChalkCircle is Theatre.London's top picks

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★★★★ “Bold, brisk, and bombastic, Lazarus Theatre’s Caucasian Chalk Circle is as modern and as true a whirlwind of Brecht as you can get”

J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic