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  • Design: leopoldltd.com

  • Photography: Ed Dimsdale

  • Photography: Ed Dimsdale

  • Photography: Ed Dimsdale

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Written by Bertolt Brecht.
In a version by Frank McGuinness.

National Theatre in collaboration with Filter.

A servant girl sacrifices everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war. Order restored, she is made to confront the boy's biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him. The comical judge calls on an ancient tradition – the chalk circle – to resolve the dispute. Who wins?  

A morality masterpiece, The Caucasian Chalk Circle powerfully demonstrates Brecht's pioneering theatrical techniques. 

The Caucasian Chalk Circle toured the UK in 2007, finishing in the NT's Cottesloe Theatre.


Director: Sean Holmes
Designer: Anthony Lamble
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Music/Sound Designers: Leo Chadburn, Chris Branch, Tom Haines
Video & Projections Designer: Lorna Heavey
Music Consultant: Tim Phillips Cast: Leo Chadburn, Oliver Dimsdale, John Lloyd Fillingham, Thusitha Jayasundera, Ferdy Roberts, Gemma Saunders, Mo Sesay, Nicolas Tennant, Cath Whitefield