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The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company - new theatre inspired by the Commedia dell'Arte

  • Harlequin Goes to the MoonLive cast recording soundtrack CD featuring 14 songs from our last summer show available now from our on-line shop...
  • Lighthouse Keeper's CatOur next production for younger Rudes fans coming in Spring 2014...
  • Rudes Calendar 2014Order our new 2014 calendar featuring 12 full colour shots from previous productions...
  • Commedia and Physical Theatre WorkshopsFind out about our workshops for actors, theatre companies and schools...
  • Friends of The RudesSupport our work and get behind the scenes by joining our Friends of The Rudes group...
  • Rudes Box OfficeBook all your tickets for our forthcoming shows at discount advance prices...
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The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company has been creating original theatre inspired by the traditions and style of Commedia dell'Arte since 1999. Best known for our outdoor summer touring across the village greens of Southern England, we are also developing new work to be staged indoors in a variety of community venues, starting with The Dressing Book, which toured during the autumn of 2012. We completed two tours in 2014 - our brand new production for younger audiences of The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat and our summer outdoor touring production The Wife.

Commedia dell’arte – the tradition that gave us Mr Punch and the foundations of pantomime – is a rare discipline, even in Italy. But the Rudes have made it their own. Jenny Gilbert - The Independent

It's a pleasure to see a company so expertly making good 21st century theatre firmly based in an old art form which is such an important strand in the history of our industry. The Stage Magazine

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Our Productions

Find out about our forthcoming productions, including plans for our summer 2015 outdoor tour.

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Book your tickets here for our current and forthcoming tours at discount advance prices.

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Rudes goodies available to buy from our on-line shop, including t-shirts, 2015 Calendar, and the soundtrack CD from Harlequin Goes to the Moon and Ik'r'Us

Commedia workshops

Find out about our Commedia dell'Arte and physical theatre workshops lead by Rudes actor and director Stevie Thompson.

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