The Dance of Death tour announced

The Dance of Death tour has been announced today and we are delighted that this production will be coming to Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June as part of our Made in Northampton season. Tickets will be on-sale soon.

Lindsay Duncan stars alongside Hilton McRae and Emily Bruni in the UK tour of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, adapted by Academy Award-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Arcola Theatre’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. The production in May at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, then tours to Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, before completing its run at the Arcola Theatre.

 As their 30th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They’ve driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations. When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin out of control. Laced with biting humour, The Dance of Death is August Strindberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its limits.

Oscar-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz reunites with Arcola Theatre’s co-founder and Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen for the world première of a thrilling new version.

Olivier and Tony Award winner Lindsay Duncan stars as Alice. One of our best-loved actresses, Lindsay is well-known for her BAFTA nominated performances on screen in Alan Bleasdale’s G.B.H and Stephen Poliakoff’s Shooting the Past. Olivier Award nominee Hilton McRae’s celebrated stage and screen career has ranged from leading Shakespearean roles at the RSC and National Theatre to iconic films including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Return of the Jedi and Mansfield Park. Best known for Peep Show, Emily Bruni has recently played leading roles at Shakespeare’s Globe and the RSC.


An Arcola Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Oxford Playhouse and Theatre Royal Bath Productions co-production

Director: Mehmet Ergen; Designer: Grace Smart; Sound Designer: Daniel Balfour; Lighting Designer: David Howe

UK tour: 19 May – 23 July 2022