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One of the major Absurdist plays of the 20th century, compellingly warning against totalitarianism and the destructive power of the collective. Read More >

One by one, Bérenger’s friends and neighbours are turning into rhinoceroses, leaving him increasingly isolated but resolutely defiant.

In this remarkable staging, a sleepy village transforms into a terrifying wasteland populated by thirteen actors whose movements reveal a frightening metamorphosis.

Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinocéros is one of the major Absurdist plays of the 20th century. As compelling as ever, it warns against totalitarianism and the destructive power of the collective. Théâtre de la Ville’s production has wowed critics and audiences across France and the USA with its spectacular set and gripping performances.

Age guidance 14+


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 14/02/2013

Closing Night: 16/02/2013

Running time: 110 mins/no interval

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Cast & Creative


Director - Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota

Producer - Théâtre de la Ville–Paris

Lighting Designer - Yves Collet

Set Designer - Yves Collet

Author - Eugène Ionesco

Music By - Jefferson Lembeye

About Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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