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The Caucasian
Chalk Circle
By Bertolt Brecht, translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
18 February - 14 March 2015

The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Lyceum theatre Edinburgh 2015

Read the FIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSreviews:

The Lyceum's new production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle should not be missed."
THE SCOTSMAN

"Alistair Beaton’s contemporary translation with Mark Thomson’s direction and Claire McKenzie’s music make for a rollickingly outstanding production."
EDINBURGHGUIDE.COM

"Alistair Beaton's updated, yet faithful, humorous and sharp translation of Brecht's allegorical play".
SUNDAY HERALD

"A bare-walled Brechtian extravagannza that's bold, punchy and vigorously theatrical.... rendered in a light-touch translation by Alistair Beaton"
THE GUARDIAN - ****

" The play is translated, with political wit and crisp clarity, by Alistair Beaton... this Chalk Circle is another triumph for the Lyceum. "
THE TELEGRAPH - ****

 

Caucasian Chalk Circle script

There is an Educational Pack produced by Nottingham Playhouse, Shared Experience & West Yorkshire Playhouse
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THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
Methuen drama
ISBN:  1408126702

ISBN-13:  978140812670-7

Photo credit (for production pictures): Kieth Pattison

Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

EDINBURGH 2015

The Caucasian Chalk Circle |

Alistair Beaton's translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle opened at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre in 2015 to FIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARS reviews.

"Alistair Beaton's updated, yet faithful, humorous and sharp translation of Brecht's allegorical play".
SUNDAY HERALD

" The play is translated, with political wit and crisp clarity, by Alistair Beaton... this Chalk Circle is another triumph for the Lyceum. "
THE TELEGRAPH

Creatives:
Cast:
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Newly translated by
Alistair Beaton

Directed by Mark Thomson
Designed by Karen Tennant
Lighting - Simon Wilkinson
Composer & Music - Clare McKenzie

Deborah Arnott
Adam Bennett
Andrew Bridgmont
Shirley Darroch
Eamonn O'Dwyer
Christopher Fairbank, Azdak
Karen Fishwick
Liam Gerrard
John Kielty
Buchan Lennon
Amy Manson, Grusha
Sarah Swire
Jon Trenchard

 

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"Alistair Beaton has produced a translation full of wit and warmth, it is directed with equal quality and the acting is impeccable."
YORKSHIRE POST

The city burns in the heat of civil war and a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. But when peace is finally restored, the boy’s mother comes to claim him.

Calling upon the ancient tradition of the Chalk Circle, a comical judge sets about resolving the dispute. But in a culture of corruption and deception, who wins?

"Alistair Beaton’s translation is excellent, surpassing high expectations; the clarity and strength of his writing is an apt vessel for Brecht’s bold tale of justice, corruption and the challenges to morality that exist in the world..."
WHATSONSTAGE.COM

The Caucasian Chalk Circle | photo credit: Kieth Pattison

Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, this is one of the greatest plays of the last century.

Creatives:
Cast:
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Newly translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Nancy Meckler
Designed by Colin Richmond
Lighting - Chris Davey
Original Score - Ilona Sekacz
Movement - Liz Rankin
Sound - Mic Pool

Nicholas Asbury
Jed Aukin
Josephine Butler
James Clyde
Tim Farmer
Matti Houghton
Steven Meo
Christian Patterson
Clare Perkins
Katherine Toy
Peter Bankolé

"I've always loved The Caucasian Chalk Circle and having lived for a while in Germany, where Brecht remains this towering figure, it was a real pleasure to go back to the original translation...." ALISTAIR BEATON

 

 The Caucasian Chalk Circle | photo credit: Kieth Pattison

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