Enter Achilles

A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells

German premiere of the reworking
World premiere 7.6.1995, Wiener Festwochen
Premiere of the reworking 14.2.2020, Festspielhaus St. Pölten
Premiere international run 19.2.2020, Onassis STEGI, Athens

Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production.

Enter Achilles

Enter Achilles

© Hugo Glendinning

  • 1 h 20 min, without interval
  • recommended from age 15+

Past Dates

No latecomers / No Filming or photography

Programme Brochure “Enter Achilles” (, 781 KB)

7.3.2020, 19:00, Upper Foyer
by Lloyd Newson

As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, Enter Achilles wrestles with the notion of masculinity, through the funny, provocative and disturbing actions of eight men during an evening in a British pub.

The critically acclaimed original production now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Ballet Rambert. With his company DV8 Physical Theater, he has been a guest at the Berliner Festspiele as part of spielzeit’europa.

Ballet Rambert is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Known for its diverse programme and international outlook, it is also a British national institution with loyal audiences throughout the UK.

Ballet Rambert is innovative and forward-thinking, spearheading the direction of contemporary dance. It has been a home to the great modern choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. From Frederick Ashton to Christopher Bruce to Wayne McGregor, early choreographic opportunities were commissioned by Ballet Rambert. Today, the world’s most diverse ensemble of dancers take on these great works as well as giving a platform to the new voices of contemporary dance. After 17 years, Ballet Rambert now returns to Berlin.


Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
Choreography Lloyd Newson with the performers (past and present)
Original Set Design Ian MacNeil
Original Music Adrian Johnston
Original Lighting Design Jack Thompson
Creative Associate & Tour Director Hannes Langolf

Performed by Ballet Rambert
Performers Richard Cilli, Tom Davis Dunn, Nelson Earl, Miguel Fiol Duran, Ian Garside, Eddie Hookham, Scott Jennings, Georgios Kotsifakis, Jag Popham, John Ross

Lighting realised by Richard Godin
Associate Sound Designer Amir Sherhan
Design Assistant Loren Elstein
Costume Design Kinnetia Isidore, Richard Gellar
Rehearsal Director Paul White

Trailer for “Enter Achilles”
© Rambert

A Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells co-production in association with Onassis STEGI, Athens. Co-produced with Festspielhaus St. Pölten; Grec Festival de Barcelona i Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris / Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Adelaide Festival; Melbourne International Arts Festival, Romaeuropa Festival and Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale.
The Berlin performance is made possible by Inga Maren Otto.

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