Blackeyed Theatre Company was established in 2004 to create exciting opportunities
for artists and audiences alike. Our theatre is challenging yet accessible for both
new and established audiences. It asks questions and invites reaction. It provokes
only as live performance can.
We believe great theatre - like any art form - should
challenge. That doesn’t mean being shocking for the sake of being shocking. It’s
about making theatre memorable and thought-provoking without sacrificing enjoyment.
It’s about telling a story in a way that absorbs and moves its audience at every
turn. It’s about asking questions, not answering them.
Since 2004 Blackeyed Theatre has embarked on national tours of The Resistible Rise
of Arturo Ui (Brecht), the world premiere of Oedipus (Steven Berkoff), Oh What A
Lovely War (Joan Littlewood), The Cherry Orchard (Anton Chekhov), Alfie (Bill Naughton),
The Madness of George III (Alan Bennett) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Bertolt
Brecht), as well as regional tours of Effie’s Burning, The Caretaker, Misery and
Blackeyed Theatre has a growing national reputation for creating dynamic theatre
using live music and great performances to tell stories with honesty and passion.
We believe innovative, challenging theatre can and should be commercially viable.
How? By producing work that audiences want to see but in ways that challenge their
expectations. By bringing together artists with a genuine passion for the work they
produce. And through an appreciation that works of art with a mass appeal do not
have to be presented in a dumbed-down way. And what are the benefits? By offering
a theatrical experience that’s both artistically excellent and affordable, audiences
and theatres are far more sustainable in the long term. And by responding to demand,
we ensure that more people see innovative theatre.