A captivating masterpiece

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

ONE OF the most important pieces of theatre of the 20th Century, by the legendary theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht, will be onstage at Buxton Opera House next month.

Written in 1944 while Brecht was living in the USA, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is loosely derived from the 14th century Chinese play - Circle of Chalk. It is now one of Germany’s most performed plays.

First presented by the National Theatre in 1997, Frank McGuinness’ version of this morality masterpiece is now brought to life by Blackeyed Theatre.

It will appear at the Opera House on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4, at 7.30pm.

After sacrificing everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war, Grusha, a servant girl, is made to confront the boy’s biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him.

The judge calls on an ancient tradition - the chalk circle - to resolve the dispute as the play builds to an unforgettable, unimaginable conclusion.

With Blackeyed Theatre’s inimitable style the show will combine brilliant, original live music, stunning design and captivating ensemble performances.

The show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £11 to £15, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.