Complicite is an international touring theatre company, based in London. Founded in 1983 by Annabel Arden, Fiona Gordon, Marcello Magni and Simon McBurney, the Company is now led by Artistic Director McBurney OBE and Producer Judith Dimant MBE.
The Company has played in more than 40 countries across the world, won more than 50 awards and been described as ‘...the most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain.’ The Times
Complicite began life as a collective and this spirit of collective enquiry, of collaborative curiosity, has driven the work throughout its history. The Company is famous for making its work through extensive periods of research and development which brings together performers, designers, writers, artists and specialists from diverse fields to create the works – a process now known simply as ‘devising’.
These many diverse Associates - as they’re known – have developed and evolved a shared creative language, which provides an anchor for the explorative work that the Company has become famous for and which foregrounds every piece they bring to the stage. This focus on a collaborative devising process has meant that Complicite has also become famous for a distinctive, visually rich stage language, which layers physically beautiful performances and tightly choreographed ensemble work with innovative lighting, sound and video design.
The main body of work has been of devised theatre pieces and adaptations and revivals of classic texts but the Company has also created opera and worked in other media, with radio productions of Mnemonic and John Berger’s To The Wedding, a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys in Trafalgar Square in central London, and The Vertical Line, a multi-disciplinary installation performed in a disused tube station. If Complicite is constantly percolating new collaborators, so too the work is in a constant state of evolution from the actor-led, comic early pieces to the recent vast collaborations directed by McBurney which embrace intellectually challenging material and cutting edge technologies.
In 2015 the Company began a new annual programme: Complicite Associates. Each year, Complicite will work with an emerging or mid-career artist, providing production and artistic support and producing a new show that pushes both the artist’s own work and style, as well as stretching Complicite’s theatrical boundaries.
Learning and engagement are central to its work and its award-winning Creative Learning programme includes professional development, work in schools and colleges and participatory projects for a range of groups.