©Sarah Ainslie

Adapted by

Mark Wheatley

Directed by

Annie Castledine and Marcello Magni

Design and Lighting

Petter Mumford


Idit Nathan


Mic Pool


Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya

Assistant Director

Deborah Yhip


Selma Alispahic, Hannes Flaschberger, Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, Patrice Naiambana, Rob Pickavance

A Co production

with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Adapted from JM Coetzee's novel by Mark Wheatley, a reimagining of Daniel DeFoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe.


In the early eighteenth century, Susan Barton finds herself adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave, Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso's companion and, eventually, his lover. At last they are rescued by a passing ship, but only she and Friday survive the journey back to London.

Determined to have her story told, she pursues the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe in the hope that he will relate truthfully her memories to the world. But with Cruso dead, Friday incapable of speech and Foe himself intent on reshaping her narrative, Barton struggles to maintain her grip on the past, only to fall victim to the seduction of storytelling itself.



West Yorkshire Playhouse, Oxford, Blackpool, London Young Vic, Copenhagen, Germany, Switzerland and Coventry