The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Production date

12 February 2013 - 16 March 2013

A new play inspired by the cult film
By Dudley Hinton and Sebastian Armesto with simple8

07, 08 Feb 2013: Previews at The Theatre, Chipping Norton
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12 Feb – 16 Mar 2013: Arcola Theatre, London
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"Shadows, dreams, they're all around us, they're everywhere!"

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 from the screen, simple8 transforms the film into a fast, frenzied fairground sideshow with a "pungently evocative and blackly amusing master-class in the art of poor theatre" (Time Out).

"A haunted accordion of a show"

“The ensemble flourishes.”

“Gripping storytelling.”

“A brilliant reminder of [what] theatre is capable”