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 are also working on a brand new production for younger audiences for 2014, our adaptation of The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat.
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
Find out about our forthcoming production of The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat, plus take a tour of all our productions since 1999.
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