May 2017


In his last play, Shakespeare reflects on the power of theatre and the magic of performance. Prospero’s island provides the stage for a tempest of words and theatrical inventions as actors and audience immerse themselves in a storm of love and conflicts, witty wordplay and philosophical musings.

Following the success of their adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD, Pan Pan now work with Theater Bonn’s ensemble on the play which inspired Huxley’s dystopia.

But as Prospero and his aerial spirit Ariel enchant the lonely island, Quinn transforms the scenery through light and sound into magical illusions. Unusual lighting, projecting live on the scene, the seemingly desolate stage immerses in fantastic shadows and surreal pastiches. Bizarre and uncanny, grotesque and dreamy, Shakespeare’s strange comedy unfolds in wonderful facets and compartments.
Schnüss Bonn

Pan Pan Theatre and Theater Bonn would like to acknowledge Culture Ireland‘s support.

Please, contact us if you would like to see the full length recording of the show.

Dates: Until 16 June 2017
Booking: sturm/vc/Veranstaltung/va/show/

The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane at Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China

We’re excited to announce that our award winning production, The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane, has been invited to the prestigious Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China in October.

There’s something strange in the neighbourhood of contemporary Denmark. Who are you going to call? That is the question. In Pan Pan’s purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, you the audience are faced with a choice: who is going to be, or not to be, Hamlet? Actors compete to play the title role but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism can anyone escape playing the Dane? Aren’t we all the main part?
Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that does not so much update or deconstruct the play as explode it.

Winner of Best Production and Best Set Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010

And yet in this first act, a precisely choreographed combination of borrowed erudition and
self-generated mayhem (that darling, ungovernable dog) turns Quinn and company’s tribute into something freshly full of grief.
Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

All up, Playing the Dane, is smart and refreshing, imaginative and authoritative. A real delight.
The Australian

Magnificently stimulating and thought-provoking theatre in an equally devastating setting. Not to be missed. 
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

A serious, searching work… affecting, provocative and stimulating.
Colin Murphy, Irish Independent

Its own academic analysis, an audition for the lead, an audience vote to elect the prince, a school production as the play within the play, and a Great Dane onstage. I had a blast.
Peter Crawley, Irish Times

In a masterstroke a group of school students for whom the play is a set text were brought in for the play-within-the-play and also to paraphrase the gravedigger/ funeral scene. The innovation and cheek were non-stop. â˜… â˜… â˜… â˜…
Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times


Dates: 18 – 21 October 2017

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