Photo credit: Stephen Cummiskey
Live cinema meets performance in this galloping romp through 400 years of history starring a heroine who is born a hero, or a hero who becomes a heroine.
For Orlando, it doesn't really matter.
As visionary today as it was when written in 1928, Virginia Woolf's dazzling novel on gender fluidity is gleefully adapted, extending across centuries to the present day.
As Orlando travels between historical periods, countries and lovers, glancing knowingly at the audience, their journey is caught on camera, mixed with pre-recorded footage and projected - all with a wardrobe team making quick-fire changes in plain sight.
Regular collaborators Katie Mitchell and Alice Birch explore Woolf's material, interweaving life and art, reality and fiction, in an optimistic examination of how people, nature, systems and reigns are in a constant state of flux.
Featuring a narrator, eight actors and crew synchronised to the second with adept precision, Orlando defies rigid categorisation in more ways than one.
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London EC2Y 8DS
Performance days & times
Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm
Friday ‑ 7‑45pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm
Author: Freely adapted by Alice Birch from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Composer: Melanie Wilson
Director: Katie Mitchell
Set designer: Alex Eales
Lighting: Anthony Doran
Sound: Melanie Wilson
Video designer: Grant Gee (director); Ingi Bekk, Ellie Thompson
Dramaturg: Nils Haarmann
Production: Schaubühne Berlin