Enter Achilles

Presented by Rambert & Sadler’s Wells

A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)

Choreography: Lloyd Newson with the performers (past and present)

One pub, eight blokes, a stacked jukebox and a load of pints. It was always going to kick off.

Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production.

As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, the production lifts the lid on “the straitjacket of what’s deemed to be masculine” (The Observer), examining the terrors and tenderness of beer-soaked testosterone.

“Violent, ugly, politically incorrect and hilarious” (The Australian) Enter Achilles toured 18 countries and was made into a TV film winning many accolades including an International Emmy and Prix Italia. It now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Rambert.

"A rare, rich, devastating, triumphant work of art … dramatic coherence, human integrity, irresistible visual power, were all there in the most outstanding work I have seen all year"

Daily Telegraph

“Lloyd Newson's powerful and spectacular new work, Enter Achilles, is about violence and vulnerability of manliness - funny, moving, disturbing.”

Sunday Times

“Remarkably clever and disturbing … It is excellently danced, imaginatively conceived …”

Sunday Telegraph
Conceived and directed:
Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
Set Design:
Ian MacNeil
Adrian Johnston
Creative Associate:
Hannes Langolf
Tom Davis Dunn
Nelson Earl
Miguel Fiol Duran
Ian Garside
Eddie Hookham
Scott Jennings
Georgios Kotsifakis
Hannes Langolf
Jag Popham
John Ross

Lloyd Newson

Lloyd Newson has led DV8 Physical Theatre since its inception in 1986. His work straddles dance, text, theatre and film, focusing on social, psychological and political issues.

Born in Australia, Newson graduated from Melbourne University having studied psychology and social work. During that time he developed an interested in dance, a fascination that brought him to the UK where he gained a full scholarship to study at London Contemporary Dance School. Before forming his own company (DV8) he danced and/or choreographed with many companies including the Modern Dance Ensemble (Melbourne), Impulse Dance Theatre/New Zealand Ballet Company, One Extra Dance Theatre (Sydney) and Extemporary Dance Theatre (London).

Newson’s work, be it for stage or film, has won 55 national and international awards. He has been cited by the Critics’ Circle as being one of the hundred most influential artists working in Britain during the last hundred years. He was awarded an honorary degree from Roehampton University and in 2013 Newson received an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to contemporary dance.

A Rambert & Sadler’s Wells co-production in association with Onassis STEGI, Athens; co-produced with Festspielhaus St Pölten; Grec Festival de Barcelona i Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; and Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / Chaillot – Théâtre national de la danse. Premiere: first performed 7 June 1995, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna. Recreation Premiere at Festspielhaus, St Pölten. Premiere International Run at Onassis STEGI, Athens.

Age 15+ / No latecomers / No filming or photography

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Showing at:

  • Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Austria

    Festspielhaus St. Pölten
    niederösterreich kultur karten, Rathausplatz 19 St. Pölten, Austria 3100
  • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

    Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
    Grand Théâtre, 1, rond-point Schuman Luxembourg L-2525
  • Sadler's Wells, London

    Sadler's Wells
    Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4TN
  • Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

    Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
    Plaça de les Arts, 1 Barcelona, Spain 08013
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