Enter Achilles

Thu 11 June - Fri 12 June

Enter Achilles

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11 Jun


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12 Jun


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Rambert & Sadler’s Wells present


A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)

Choreography: Lloyd Newson with the performers (past and present)

One pub, eight blokes, a stacked jukebox and a load of pints. It was always going to kick off.

Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production.

As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, the production lifts the lid on “the straitjacket of what’s deemed to be masculine” (The Observer), examining the terrors and tenderness of beer-soaked testosterone.

“Violent, ugly, politically incorrect and hilarious” (The Australian) Enter Achilles toured 18 countries and was made into a TV film winning many accolades including an International Emmy and Prix Italia. It now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Rambert.

Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning

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Age 15+ / No latecomers / No filming or photography

What the British press said about the original production of Enter Achilles

‘A rare, rich, devastating, triumphant work of art … dramatic coherence, human integrity, irresistible visual power, were all there in the most outstanding work I have seen all year.’

Daily Telegraph

‘Lloyd Newson’s powerful and spectacular new work, Enter Achilles, is about violence and vulnerability of manliness – funny, moving, disturbing’.

Sunday Times

‘Remarkably clever and disturbing … It is excellently danced, imaginatively conceived …’

Sunday Telegraph

Creative Team

Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)

Original Set Design: Ian MacNeil

Original Music: Adrian Johnston

Original Lighting Design: Jack Thompson

Creative Associate & Tour Director: Hannes Langolf

Rambert Performers: Richard Cilli, Tom Davis Dunn, Nelson Earl, Miguel Fiol Duran, Ian Garside, Eddie Hookham, Scott Jennings, Georgios Kotsifakis, Jag Popham and John Ross.

Lighting realised by Richard Godin

Associate Sound Designer: Amir Sherhan

Design Assistant: Loren Elstein

Costume Design: Kinnetia Isidore, Richard Gellar

Rehearsal Director: Paul White
Photos: Hugo Glendinning


A Rambert & Sadler’s Wells co-production in association with Onassis STEGI, Athens. Co-produced with Festspielhaus St. Pölten; Grec Festival de Barcelona i Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / Chaillot – Théâtre national de la danse; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival; Romaeuropa Festival and Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale.

Premiere: first performed 7 June 1995, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna. Recreation Premiere at Festspielhaus, St Pölten. Premiere International Run at Onassis STEGI, Athens.