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by William Shakespeare
in a version by Chris Bush
with music by Jim Fortune

26 – 28 August 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 40 mins no interval


How far must we travel to come home?

Prince Pericles has everything but understands little. When a reckless act threatens his safety, he must flee his home and take to sea. Reliant on the whims of the fates and the kindness of strangers, Pericles is driven from shore to shore.

Only by reaching the ends of the earth may he finally understand what it means to come home.

A huge company of all ages from across London join together with professional artists to breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the Olivier stage.

All performances of Pericles were captioned and audio-described.

Public Acts

Pericles launched Public Acts, our new initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The production marks the centre point of a two-year partnership, building in-depth relationships with eight organisations who deliver visionary work in their communities, together with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.


Body & Soul, The Bromley by Bow Centre, Coram, DABD, Faith and Belief Forum, Havering Asian Social Welfare Association (HASWA), Open Age, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Thames Reach

Theatre Partner

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, the Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme in New York.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hertz, The Sackler Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

4 star rating

An uplifting achievement

4 star rating

Joyous, lively and community-focussed

The Stage
4 star rating

Celebrates multicultural diversity with a zing that makes you want to dance in the aisles

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Interview with composer Jim Fortune

'There's a lyricism and a poetry to the language which, for me, fits nicely with music, and it doesn't need to be sung music necessarily. I think Shakespeare is pretty much a joy for every composer in this world.'

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Jim Fortune

Interview with company members

'The best theatre is done when people come together and create - acknowledging each other's humanity.'

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Pericles company 2

Rehearsal Gallery

Interview with director Emily Lim

'The world needs this right now: space to unite and connect with one another, to feel like we're part of something bigger. I hope we send people out feeling empowered, and full of joy.'

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Emily Lim

Interview with playwright Chris Bush

'I want people to be uplifted by it, because fundamentally Pericles - or our interpretation - is a story about home and what it means to call somewhere home, or to find your way home.'

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Pericles Company

Production team

Illustration by Michael Cranston

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