Woyzeck on the Highveld

Tue 8th – Sat 12th Nov 2011


“Woyzeck is a man with a tortured mind, who struggles against an uncaring society.”





UK Arts International and Quaternaire in association with The Barbican, Warwick Arts Centre and The Puppet Centre Trust present Handspring Puppet Company


From the South African company behind the astonishing horses in the global smash hit War Horse, comes the innovative and spellbinding Woyzeck on the Highveld.

Woyzeck is a man with a tortured mind, who struggles against an uncaring society. Set in 1950s industrial Johannesburg, this extraordinary production uses puppets and animation to tell the classic story of jealousy and murder and has been captivating audiences all over the world.

Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company has been making incredible theatre for over twenty years. Specialists in bringing breathtaking puppets to life on stage, the company is renowned globally for their work. Don't miss the opportunity to see this much anticipated first UK tour of Woyzeck on the Highveld.

Rare and singular stage treat. Every once in a while the universe conspires to bring together an astonishing collection of talents who produce a thing of enduring magic and wonder...Woyzeck on the Highveld is such a creation.

- Cape Times (South Africa)

I was lucky enough to see Handspring when I visited the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in 2000. I didn't know the company, (this was pre-War Horse!) and had no idea that I was about to see some of the best puppeteers and storytellers in the world. That was a memorable and thrilling day! Eleven years later, Playhouse audiences are going to be able to see this exceptional and truly world-class production. This is a coup for Oxford - please don't miss it.

- Michelle Dickson, Director of the Oxford Playhouse

Admission: £22.50(£15.50)

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