Beware of Pity

Based on the novel by Stefan Zweig
Directed by Simon McBurney

A Complicité co-production with the Schaubühne, Berlin.

Behind the scenes videos

Stefan Zweig (1881 – 1942) was an Austrian writer who at the height of his career was the most read author writing in the German language.

Ungeduld des Herzens, published in 1939, is a tense and claustrophobic account of a young man’s slide into a terrible situation, and his inability to extricate himself from it. It’s a devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the rise of anti-Semitism.

Syndey Festival
23 - 27 January 2019

"Extraordinarily compelling”
★★★★★ Independent

"An illuminating explosion”
★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"It fizzes on the spot”
★★★★ Observer

★★★★ Time Out

★★★★ Guardian

“Takes on the compelling quality of a thriller”
★★★★ Financial Times

“It draws you in and shakes you"
★★★★ Times

Gianmarco Bresadola
Gianmarco Bresadola

The Magic Flute

By Mozart
Directed by Simon McBurney

A collaboration with Complicite
A co-production with English National Opera, De Nederlandse Opera and Festival d'Aix en Provence

English National Opera
14 March - 11 April 2019
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Robbie Jack
Robbie Jack
Robbie Jack

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

A production based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter. Adapted and directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy. 

Barbican, London
25 March-13 April 2019
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St Ann's Warehouse, New York
20 April-12 May 2019 (American premiere)
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Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a moving story of a widower and his young sons which becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and living.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

Wayward Productions in association with Complicité

Co-produced with the Barbican, London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre
Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody

Photography by Tim Walker

The Wardrobe Ensemble

The second Complicité Associate will be The Wardrobe Ensemble. 

2018 sees the development of the Complicité Associates scheme – a new programme to support artists making a step change in their career. The Wardrobe Ensemble (2017 Fringe First winners) join Bryony Kimmings who was the inaugural associate when the scheme was launched last year.  

Complicité's Producer

"They are a dynamic and exciting young company formed in Bristol and who remind me of the young ensemble company that Complicité was in the late 1980s and 1990s. We launched the Complicité Associates programme in 2016 to support artists to make a step change in their careers and guide them as they explore different ways of working."

The Wardrobe Ensemble 

“The project we’ll begin developing with Complicité in 2018 is a Wardrobe Ensemble take on the family genre, continuing on from and interrogating the likes of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, The Simpsons and Transparent. We are interested in how the things you inherit from your family tell you who you're supposed be, and where you're supposed to place yourself in the wider world.

The support, expertise and experience Complicité is offering will be invaluable as we develop our company from studio to mid-scale and beyond. The Associates programme encourages us to think bigger than we ever have before, but also to experiment and play with ideas.”

Find out more about the company on their website here.

The Wardrobe Ensemble
The Wardrobe Ensemble
The Wardrobe Ensemble

everything that rises must dance

'This is pure dance, making everyday actions profoundly communicative.' Daily Telegraph

everything that rises must dance is a new dance project celebrating female movement and the way women have danced throughout history.

Created with more than 200 women this free performance unfolds in three venues around London as part of Dance Umbrella 2018. Rippling with choreography that reproduces the minute movements of daily life while weaving in fragments of folk dance from around the world, the spectacle sets expressive, physical action to an evolving sonic score.

Created by choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies and composer Lucy Railton, this intriguing project produced by Complicité explores relationships, identity and community.

Performance dates:

Saturday 29 September, 2pm & 4pm (NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula)

Sunday 7 October, 12:30pm & 2pm (Boxpark, Croydon)

Saturday 13 October, 3pm & 5pm (Somerset House, London)

Produced by Complicité
Presented by Dance Umbrella
In partnership with Greenwich Peninsula and Croydon Council

The production is kindly supported by Arts Council