The Rage of Narcissus

Tangram Theatre and the Pleasance

18th Feb 2020 - 8th Mar 2020

Main House - Pleasance London

7:30pm, 5:30pm, 3pm

Suitable for ages 16 and above


Important information:

This show contains graphic descriptions of extreme violence. This show contains flashing images.

When Sergio arrives in Ljubljana to give a lecture on Narcissus, the first thing he does is look for someone to have sex with. A few hours later, once Igor has come and gone, Sergio spots a bloodstain on the floor.

As he begins to investigate, he gets drawn deeper into the murky world of desire, infatuation and murder. Perfect material for the new play he’s trying to write - if he can get out of Ljubljana alive.

"Different from any other play in London" Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
"Crane’s performance is outstanding" ★★★★★ Upper Circle
"An edge of your seat style journey" ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
"A gripping thriller" ★★★★★ British Theatre
"A 90-minute riveting journey of intrigue" ★★★★★ Artiscape
"A free-fall into a bottomless pit of lust" ★★★★★ QX Magazine
"Simultaneously playful, formally inventive and coldly horrifying" ★★★★ Stage

Award-winning director Daniel Goldman returns to the London stage to reunite with internationally acclaimed Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco following their smash-hit Thebes Land (Best Production, Off West End Awards 2017).

The Rage of Narcissus is a fascinating and disturbing exploration of the darkness within us all.

A Q&A with performer Sam Crane and director Daniel Goldman will take place directly after Wednesday 26th February’s performance. All welcome, whether seeing the show or not.

Praise for Thebes Land:

★★★★ "An engagingly treacherous piece... a beautifully calibrated production" The Guardian

★★★★ "Blanco delights in remaking the rules of storytelling and then breaking them" Evening Standard

★★★★ "Morbidly fascinating, delectably sophisticated" The Stage

Sam Crane plays Sergio Blanco.

Sam's previous theatre credits include Farinelli And The King (Shakespeare’s Globe, Duke of York’s Theatre, Belasco Theatre Broadway), 1984 (Playhouse Theatre), Some Trace Of Her, DNA, Sunset At The Villa Thalia (National Theatre), Eyam, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bedlam, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Humans (BAM), The Shawl (Young Vic), The Conquest Of The South Pole, Silverland (Arcola Theatre), Kebab (Royal Court), Rabbit (Frantic Assembly).

His television and film credits include Cobra, The Trial of Christine Keeler, Poldark, The Crown, The Appointment, Poirot, Fearless, Father Brown and Desperate Romantics.

Sergio Blanco is a Franco-Uruguayan playwright and director. His work – which has been translated, published and performed throughout the world – has been awarded the National Playwriting Award of Uruguay, the Playwriting Award of the Municipality of Montevideo, the Prize of the National Fund Theatre, the Florencio Award for Best Playwright, the International Casa de las Americas Prize, An Off West End Award, and The Theatre Award for the Best Text in Greece. His other works include: '45, Slaughter, Opus Sextum, Kassandra, El Salto de Darwin, Tebas Land (Thebes Land), El Bramido de Düsseldorf and his most recent play Cuando pases sobre mi tumba.

Daniel Goldman is an award-winning director, translator, playwright and producer. Directing credits include Thebes Land (Off West End Award - Best Production), You're not like the Other Girls Chrissy (co-directed with Omar Elerian - Stage Award and Olivier Award Nomination), Wanawake Wa Heri Wa Windsa (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and International tour), Oedipus at Colonus (The Cambridge Greek Play), Frankenstein (Inside out Theatre, Beijing) and Songs of Friendship with James Rowland (Three Weeks Editors Award). Daniel has been the artistic director of Tangram Theatre Company since 2006 and he was the artistic director of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival from 2007 until 2019.

Presented as part of the Tangram Theatre mini-season of plays from the Americas with The Rage of Narcissus / Stupid F*cking Bird

Save 10% when you book both shows together! (Discount automatically applies on full price tickets.)

Playtexts are available for purchase online for £5, for collection at the Box Office only.

Large Print Version (pdf)

Open/closeReviews and Quotations

A twisty, teasing piece of auto-fiction that is like finding yourself dropped into a storytelling labyrinth or a hall of mirrors full of distorting deceptions... Different from any other play in London
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
The Rage of Narcissus is sure to create a frenzy, this is a masterpiece of storytelling that heaves and swells with dramatic impetus, while at the same time feeling very personal and accessible, thanks to Sam Crane’s outstanding performance... an edge of your seat style journey
5 stars
Theatre Weekly
A gripping thriller, with the screws of incremental revelation and tension being tightened step by step to the ingenious conclusion
5 stars
British Theatre
There are so many fascinating and disturbing twists and turns in the piece that will literally keep you enthralled and on the edge of your seat for the full 90 minutes
5 stars
A thoroughly enjoyable evening for those after something different from the standard play... Crane's performance is outstanding
5 stars
Upper Circle
A challenging yet cunning tale of sex, murder and autofiction
5 stars
QX Magazine
Simultaneously playful, formally inventive and coldly horrifying, The Rage of Narcissus is a rich meditation on vanity, mortality, and sex, wrapped up in a grisly thriller
4 stars

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