|ABSOLUTE THEATRE was formed in 1991 with the aim of staging neglected texts, significant new writing and devised pieces. The company has developed an innovative, highly visual style, providing audiences with a sensorial, emotional and intellectual experience not available through any other medium. Over the years, the company has won both critical acclaim and a loyal and growing audience for a series of unique productions which have been accessible to all ages and backgrounds. ABSOLUTE productions have often broken box office records at the venues played and are frequently selected as 'critic's choice' in various publications.
The company has twice been invited to represent the best of British theatre abroad: with 'Queen Christina' at the Labyrint in Prague and with 'The Shoemaker's Wondrous Wife' and 'Don Perlimplin' on the main stage at the Festival de Almada in Lisbon. ABSOLUTE THEATRE has often been associated with dynamic renditions of rarely performed European and British texts, often presenting the "unstageable". From time to time, the company mounts rehearsed readings; these have included Felix Mitterer's acclaimed monologue 'Siberia' (performed by Dudley Sutton at the Austrian Cultural Forum) and a specially-commissioned new translation of Friedrich Durrenmatt's 'Play Strindberg'.
The company strives to stimulate and challenge the existing theatre audience and actively to create new audiences. In addition to productions, ABSOLUTE THEATRE has pursued a programme of training and education, often as an element of the performances. Close links with schools and colleges within London and further afield have developed, leading to several site-specific residency projects. The company is also able to offer bespoke packages to corporate clients, developing presentation and communication skills and workshops that focus on team-building.
ABSOLUTE THEATRE has established strong connections with other theatres and arts bodies, in particular, the Theatre Royal Bath, where the company's creative team has been involved in a number of productions. These include touring productions of 'Twelfth Night', Wedekind's 'Spring Awakening' and a new adaptation of 'Electra', as well as several youth theatre shows and a revue piece for the Bath Shakespeare Festival.
Sir Derek Jacobi
Absolute Theatre is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England
and Wales No. 2606691.Registered as a Charity No. 1002931
Absolute Theatre confirms that it has no association with its former
trustee Nick Mason (Nicholas Robert Mason)