Production date

27 March 2013 - 4 May 2013

Adapted from Herman Melville’s novel
By Sebastian Armesto

"This splendid new stage version is a transporting experience"

"Simple8 has managed to pull of a rather spectacular victory"
★★★★ Exeunt Magazine

"A taught and ripping sea yarn... enchanting"
★★★★ Metro

27 Mar – 04 May 2013: Arcola Theatre, London
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08, 09 May 2013: The Theatre, Chipping Norton
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1851. Nantucket. Centre of the whaling industry - transforming blubber into the oils and candles that light the world.
It's to Nantucket that a schoolmaster called Ishmael arrives enrolling under Ahab, the Captain of the Pequod - a man bent on destroying the white whale that lost him his leg. Certain that revenge on his nemesis will slake his thirst, Ahab’s single-minded pursuit of Moby-Dick consumes Ishmael, the crew and the Pequod itself.
"It's true. It's all true for Moby-Dick. He's a killer, he's a fury, he's an angel of hell, he's an intelligent agent of ferocity. Why if the white whale could talk he'd talk like Ahab."
The spirit and atmosphere of Herman Melville's masterpiece – romantic, ambiguous, characterful and rich with allegory – is captured on stage by simple8, returning to Arcola Theatre following the success of The Four Stages of Cruelty with "a treasure chest of talented actors, impressive musicians and intelligent scripting and directing (The New Statesman)".

“Innovation on an earthbound budget. The techniques of ‘poor theatre’ have rarely been better employed….Superb”

"Simple 8 specialise in creating theatrical riches on a shoestring"


Oliver Birch, David Brett, Nicholas Bishop, Christopher Doyle, Joseph Kloska, Leroy Osei-Bonsu, Mat Wandless and Sargon Yelda


Directed by: Sebastian Armesto Creative Producer: Kirsty Hinton Lighting Design: Sherry Coenen Set Design: Simon Allison and Seb Armesto Musical Arrangement: David Brett and Hannah Emanuel Costumes: Sands Films Illustrations: Jane Hamilton Lighting Technician: Ben Cowens