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The Toad Knew

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton
24 - 28 August 2016
King's Theatre

This is visual theatre to enchant you, delight you, and fill you with wonder. 

This is the magical world of acrobat, poet, clown, magician, James Thierrée. Phantasmagorical creations on stage, and intoxicating images somewhere between Salvador Dalí and Tim Burton. Expect the unexpected and you’ll not be disappointed.

The Toad Knew is Thierrée’s newest creation with his Compagnie du Hanneton. It brings together dancers, contortionists, high-wire artists and his own extraordinary physical prowess.

Swiss-born Thierrée has teased audiences throughout the world for nearly two decades with his flamboyant theatrical creations, sometimes dazzling, sometimes funny, sometimes grotesque. He comes from an esteemed theatrical background, making his stage debut at the age of four playing a walking suitcase. His 2009 Raoul used mirrors, talking teapots and umbrella jellyfi sh to explore the erosion of individual identity, and in his 2013 Tabac Rouge he presented a Bosch-like, hallucinatory vision of a teetering totalitarian monarch. He blends visual comedy and a fantastical imagination in captivating shows that defy categorisation.

Intertwining dreams and childish terrors, burlesque and realism, The Toad Knew explores the raw, unforgiving love between brothers and sisters.


[James Thierrée is] a theatrical magician who has always skipped nimbly along the tightrope between circus, dance and theatre

The Guardian

Expect it to be flamboyant, hallucinatory and ravishingly beautiful

The Guardian


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  • Running time: 
    1 hour 30 minutes approximately

Venue

King's Theatre

2 Leven St,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9LQ

Funded by

Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
through the Edinburgh International Festival Commissioning Fund

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James Thierrée Creator and performer

Performers Valérie Doucet, Samuel Dutertre, Mariama, Yann Nédélec, Thi Mai Nguyen

A co-production with the Théâtre de Carouge-Atelier de Genève, Célestins-Théâtre de Lyon, Radiant-Bellevue, Sadler’s Wells London in association with Crying Out Loud, Théâtre Royal de Namur, Théâtre du Rond-Point Paris, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, La Coursive Scène Nationale de La Rochelle, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Théâtre Sénart Lieusaint, L’arc scène nationale Le Creusot, Opéra de Massy, Odyssud Blagnac, Théâtre de Villefranche, Espace Jean Legendre-Théâtre de Compiègne and Edinburgh International Festival.


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Compagnie du Hanneton
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The Toad Knew | The Guardian

May 2nd 2016

Expect it to be flamboyant, hallucinatory and ravishingly beautiful

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The Toad Knew| What's on Stage

August 25th 2016

One of the most magical things I've seen in a theatre in a very long time

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Review by: 

Simon Thompson

What's on Stage

The Toad Knew | The Herald

August 25th 2016

Thiérrée has contrived a wonderfully untoward theatrical experience.

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Review by: 

Mary Brennan

The Herald

The Toad Knew | The Herald

August 25th 2016

a triumph of quixotic dreaming.

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Review by: 

Mary Brennan

The Herald

The Toad Knew | Edinburgh Guide

August 25th 2016

Valérie Doucet and Thi Mai Nguyen defy normal capabilities with their acrobatics and elastic physicality.

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Review by: 

Irene Brown

Edinburgh Guide

The Toad Knew | Edinburgh Guide

August 25th 2016

Performed and created with all- round heart stopping brilliance and star soaring imagination - ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Irene Brown

Edinburgh Guide

The Toad Knew | What's On Stage

August 25th 2016

 a master of slapstick - ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Simon Thompson

What's On Stage

The Toad Knew | Financial Times

August 26th 2016

 Thierree's design is undeniably alluring, his skill dazzling

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Review by: 

Matt Trueman

Financial Times

Image: Hugues Anhès


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2017 International Festival programme will be announced on Wed 15 March. Tickets will go on sale to everyone on Sat 25 March.

Tickets

Dress circle: £32 £25 £17
Stalls: £32 £25 £20 £17
Upper circle: £17 £12

Current discounts

Students : 30% off
Senior citizens : 30% off
Unemployed : 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
Under 18s : 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off