Heart of Darkness

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Event details

  • Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 March
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

The Dukes and Lancaster Arts present
An imitating the dog production

By Joseph Conrad

Following their popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.

Written more than 100 years ago, amid the optimism at the turn of a new century, it’s a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-sited to a timeless Europe, in a world which echoes Apocalypse Now, what emerges is a tale absolutely for our time.

This bold new re-telling of Conrad’s classic is a visually rich, multi-layered work which fuses live performance with digital technology. The performers enter the stage, into uncharted territory. They are adrift with a story that they know they must tell. As they wait for the turn of the tide, the story unfolds like an animated Cinemascope graphic novel on the hanging projection screens above their heads.

Their story is Conrad’s story, of the voyage into the perilous unknown. And, as we continue the journey, it becomes our story, exposing the dehumanisation that paved the way for the horrors of the 20th Century, and countless horrors yet to come.

The heart of darkness must be found. The story is impossible to tell, but it must be told.

Read about imitating the dog’s Heart of Darkness in The Guardian here.

“You may think you know this story, but this version, especially the ending, grips you anew” The Times

 “…conceptually breath-taking The Stage

Heart of Darkness is co-produced with Marche Teatro (Italy) and Cast. Supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Theatre by the Lake.

Suitable for 14+

Date Time
 Tue 19 March  7.30pm
 Wed 20 March 2pm 7.30pm
 Thu 21 March  7.30pm
 Fri 22 March –  7.30pm
 Sat 23 March 2pm 7.30pm

After show talkback Tuesday 19 March.

Tickets Section A Section B
£15.50 £17.50

Concessions receive £1.50 off

Dukes Supporters receive an extra £1 off.