In the Beginning was the End: dreamthinkspeak at Somerset House

A dreamthinkspeak production

presented by Somerset House and King's Cultural Institute

Until 30 March 2013
at Somerset House

In the Beginning was the End: dreamthinkspeak at Somerset House

A dreamthinkspeak production

presented by Somerset House and King's Cultural Institut

'I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'
Book of Revelation: Chapter 22; verse 13

Take a journey through the maze-like underground passages and unseen spaces of King's College and Somerset House into a world of calamitous accidents and divine revelations.

Mixing Leonardo-inspired hydraulics and modern mechanical engineering with dreamthinkspeak’s special blend of film, installation and live performance, it reveals a vision of the world either on the verge of collapse – or the brink of rebirth.

Acclaimed site-responsive theatre company dreamthinkspeak return to Somerset House after the sell-out success of their 2004 show Don’t Look Back.

Led by artistic director Tristan Sharps, the company is internationally recognised for its site-responsive performances in a range of unusual spaces, including an underground abattoir in Clerkenwell, a disused paper factory in Moscow and the Old Treasury Building in Perth, Australia.

‘It will change the way you see a London landmark – and possibly your way of life.’ Time Out

In the Beginning was the End ran from 28 January to 30 March 2013


  • Performances Mon-Thu 6.30 – 9.35pm, Fri-Sat 6.30 – 10.55pm
  • Audiences book for a slot at 5 minute intervals during this time period.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes before your allocated slot – latecomers cannot be admitted.


  • If you require a companion to assist you, their ticket is free. These tickets need to be booked by phone with the Box Office on 020 7452 3000.
  • Please bear in mind that this is a promenade performance, and there are a number of staircases.
  • The performances on Monday 25th March at 7.15pm and Tuesday 26th March at 8.40pm will be audio-described for blind and/or partially-sighted audience members. To book tickets please call 020 7452 3000 or email

Please note

  • There is male and female nudity in the production.
  • The show is not suitable for children under 12, 12 – 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This is a promenade performance where you will be on your feet throughout - please wear comfortable footwear.
  • There is no cloakroom available.
  • The show begins in the East Wing of Somerset House.  On arrival via Somerset House’s Strand entrance head towards the East Wing on the left hand side of the courtyard.
  • All tickets are sold on a non-refundable, non-transferable basis unless the performance is cancelled.
  • Please make sure that you leave sufficient travel time to arrive 5 minutes before your allocated slot, especially in inclement weather.

Somerset House website

dreamthinkspeak website

dreamthinkspeak on facebook

dreamthinkspeak on twitter

King's Cultural Institute website

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  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Collage of a boy on a rubbish heap with a passenger jet flying overhead
  • Treasure Island poster image
  • Dara. Photography by Seamus Ryan
  • The Hard Problem
  • Man and Superman poster, with Ralph Fiennes. Photography by Juergen Teller
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects
  • Parades banner for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
  • Everyman - a figure in a bleak space with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • Beyond Caring. Curtains against a wall
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • London Road film poster. Cast members leaning and looking through an interior window
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • We Want You to Watch. Female head with wide open mouth and wide open mouths for eyes
  • An Oak Tree. Instructional diagram of one male figure raising and lowering another with their hand, as if by magic
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • - a grinning cartoon cat