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

26 – 28 August
Running Time: tbc


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.

PLEASE NOTE: At 1pm on Friday 17 August we will also release an allocation of £15 tickets (£7.50 for Under 18s) for Pericles on Sunday 26, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 August (7pm performances).

Public Acts

Pericles launches 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.

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

Rehearsal Gallery

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

Production team

Illustration by Michael Cranston

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