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The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

New theatre inspired by the Commedia dell'Arte

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 - a very successful revival of our 2003 play The Wife. In 2015 we revisited another of our early original plays The Comedy of Babbi Babbett and for 2016 we are delighted to be debuting our 15th original play...

2016 Summer Outdoor Tour - Macbyrd

"Macbyrd" is a brand new play from The Rudes, and is a comedy thriller. Sixteen of the characters are birds! Don't miss Inspector Seed, a pigeon, as the detective! It is set in 1940 and is about the changes to a small village in rural Sussex, Jevington, brought about by the threat of invasion, it's impact on the local WI, the cricket club, the village play, and on relationships - and on how with the war people must take on new roles.

Tickets for our 55 date tour including some great new venues are on sale via the website now!

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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