Complicité are one of the world’s most exciting and unusual theatre companies. While touring the globe and winning countless major awards, they have set the bar for every ground-breaking theatre company in this country and indeed the world.

Learning and engagement is central to what Complicité do. They work extensively in schools and colleges, offering participatory projects and professional development for a wide range of groups.

Gemma Bodinetz, our Artistic Director, said: “Whether it is work directly created by their Artistic Director Simon McBurney or under their aegis, a night watching a Complicité show is guaranteed to be extraordinary.”

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at the Playhouse

“Annabel Arden's production delights”
The Guardian on Lionboy

“Energetic and charming”
The Public Reviews on Lionboy

The Telegraph on The Encounter

“A tour de force “
Financial Times on The Encounter

"Ingenious storytelling"
London Evening Standard on The Encounter

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Reviews //

"Complicité are the greatest trail-blazers in our theatrical history"
Emma Thompson

“The English theatre has a fine and honourable tradition. Simon McBurney and Complicité are not part of this; they have created their own tradition and this is why they are so special, so valuable”
Peter Brook

“Complicité has been one of the best reasons to be a part of our generation of theatre makers. A continual inspiration and joy. Never miss a thing they do”
Mark Rylance

“Complicité produces the most imaginative theatre to be found anywhere”
The Independent

“Since 1983 … Complicite has been helping us make sense of the world, making us laugh and weep and making us see things we would otherwise have missed ... It is the reason I go to the theatre”
The Guardian

“Complicité remains entirely without parallel in British theatre”
British Theatre Guide



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