Art Heist - London premiere

London theatre news: Monday 7 October 2019

Off-West End - Premieres - Shows

Poltergeist's critically acclaimed sold-out hit of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Art Heist, will have its London premiere at New Diorama Theatre from 15 to 26 October.
Art Heist at New Diorama Theatre

Image courtesy New Diorama Theatre

Poltergeist's acclaimed comedy Art Heist will get its London premiere at New Diorama Theatre from 15 to 26 Ocober (with press night on the 18th - other listing details below).

The show is an experimental and existential comedy about the role of Art in society which uses the Art world to explore the power of frames and the danger of labels; how narratives clash, and the eternal imbalance between belief, perspective and fact.

Art Heist is at once an existential caper, a kind of modern Ealing Comedy, an interactive sketch-show, an exploration of how the brain curates the world, as well as a tragedy about cognitive malfunction that asks questions about art.

The company's unique style combines movement, direct address, music, innovative staging, audience interaction and a keen sense of experimentation to tell stories full of humour, colour and humanity, and yet unafraid of getting deep and abstract in contemplation of big issues.

After being nominated in 2018 for Lights Over Tesco Car Park, Poltergeist are recipients of the Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre Untapped Award in 2019 for Art Heist which was the fastest selling theatre show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

Show listing information


Three thieves break into the same gallery on the same night.

They're all intent on stealing the same Extremely Valuable Painting.

They're bound to meet and it's bound to get messy.

An existential comedy caper which asks the Big Questions.

What is art? Why is it Extremely Valuable?

And, how much can I get for this on eBay?


Alice Boyd

Rosa Garland

Will Spence

Serena Yagoub


Author: Jack Bradfield
Director: Jack Bradfield
Designer: Shankho Chaudhuri
Lighting: Lucy Adams
Sound: Alice Boyd
Production: Produced by Poltergeist in association with the North Wall Arts Centre; producer: Charles Pidgeon


New Diorama Theatre
15-16 Triton Street
Regents Place


From: Tuesday 15 October 2019

Closed: Saturday 26 October 2019


Standard: £16

Concessions: £3 (JSA Preview Tickets)


Show website
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