Past Production – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


A new play inspired by the cult film
By Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto with simple8
“Shadows, dreams, they’re everywhere, they’re all around us!”

12 Feb – 16 Mar 2013
Arcola Theatre

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Franzis Gruber, a lowly bureaucrat, lives a neat and ordered life in a sleepy, provincial German town. When a travelling fair arrives, full of clowns, freaks, magicians and sleepwalkers, it drags Franzis into a series of nightmarish murders – spinning dreams into reality, the imagined into truth and order into chaos.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of the most influential films of all time: a box office smash in 1920, it came to define cinematic Expressionism and inspire Film Noir. Torn form the screen, simple8 transforms the film into a fast, frenzied fairground sideshow with their “pungently evocative and blackly amusing master class in the art of poor theatre (Time Out)”.

“A haunted accordion of a show that sways and wheezes with its own demented energy”
Time Out (Critics’ Choice) ★★★★

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Oliver Birch
David Brett
Christopher Doyle
Hannah Emanuel
Joseph Kloska
Sophie Roberts
Mat Wandless
Sargon Yelda

Writers Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto
Director Sebastian Armesto
Producer Kirsty Hinton
Music David Brett & Hannah Emanuel
Lighting Design Sherry Coenen
Stage Manager Elizabeth Patrick