The UK premiere of Flute Theatre’s brand new production of Pericles, adapted by Kelly Hunter.
Our unique event of double performances pushes the boundaries of what is possible for live Shakespeare performance in the 21st Century, both in terms of audience reach and artistic vision. Eight performers take all the roles and play music live on stage. Shakespeare’s lesser-known story of loss, storms and miraculous reunions, makes this beautiful romantic play a timely experience for all audiences in our modern world.
The show is created on the back of our successful adaptations of Hamlet and Twelfth Night which toured the European festival circuit between 2015-2019.
Designer: Alice Hallifax
Recommended age: 12+.
Pericles for Autistic Individuals
We are offering a limited number of Observer’s Seats for our morning performances of Pericles for autistic individuals. Our company of actors will also be performing our adaptation of Shakespeare's Pericles specifically for audiences who are marginalized by autism and isolated by war. Our Pericles for autistic individuals uses Flute’s award winning Hunter Heartbeat games, in which we create a space where everyone is welcome to explore how it feels to be alive through love, humour and kindness. We premiered our double performance in May 2022, at the Craiova Shakespeare Festival in Romania, performing our full scale production in English and our Pericles for autistic individuals and refugee families in Romanian and Russian.
This unique double performance event allows you to see Pericles twice, offering a deeper understanding of the essence of Shakespeare’s plays, and a rare opportunity to watch Flute at work with our vulnerable, marginalised audience.
Wednesday 9th November - 10.30 am
Thursday 10th November 10.30 am
Friday 11th November 10.30 am
Saturday 12th November 10.30 am
To book for "Pericles for Autistic Individuals" please call 0208 237 1000 (Riverside Box Office). No online bookings.
Thursday 10th November - Post-show Talk
We invite you to join us after the performance for an informal conversation between Kelly Hunter MBE, Artistic Director of Flute, and Dr. Jamie A Ward, Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, on the science behind some of our work. Scientists at Goldsmiths and at University College London have been studying the rich interactions between Flute Theatre actors and autistic participants, exploring how new technologies – like wearable sensors – might be used to uncover, and to help us better understand, social behaviors in autism.
This work is part funded by Royal Society Public Engagement Award.
Praise for Flute Theatre
"Ground-breaking Shakespeare" ★★★★★ The Guardian
"Totally unique and very important work" ★★★★★ Broadway World
"This production is the best Hamlet, adapted or not, I have come across." ★★★★★ Londontheatre1
"Your Tempest is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Such incredibly talented actors and the most caring people I have probably ever seen. They categorically put the “kind” in “mankind”. The performance was captivating. It exposed me to the fundamentals of humanity at a level that I have never even remotely addressed before." Audience member