Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew tickets
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Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew Tickets

Sadler's Wells, London1.01 reviews
★★★★ "A spellbinding mix of ravishing visuals, seductive music and breathtaking acrobatics" -- The Guardian

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Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew at the Sadler' s Wells in 2017!

Step into the beautifully weird world of multi-talented performer and director James Thierrée.

Following Tabac Rouge in 2014, James Thierrée returns with his latest critically acclaimed creation, featuring a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse.

Six characters emerge in a strange fairy-tale lair. A woman transforms into a lizard, a piano plays itself, and plates magically appear and disappear. In the middle of it all James Thierrée works his magic with the aid of a squat servant, only to have it undone by a man beast, and aerialist Thi Mai Nguyen and contortionist Valérie Doucet spin their tricks.

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Additional Information

Age restriction


Running time

1 hr 30 mins

Performance dates

3 - 7 May 2017


Under 5s are not admitted to this event.

Special notes

Post show talk: Thursday 4 May. Sadler's Wells' Artistic Director Alistair Spalding in discussion with James Thierrée. BSL interpreted. Free to same day ticket holders. Audio Described Performance: Sunday 7 May at 4pm.

Venue Information

Sadler's WellsRosebery Avenue, Islington, London, EC1R 4TN

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Customer Reviews

1 reviews1.0

Stella Bouchouna7th May

Honestly I found the show to be senseless, repetitive and as a consequence of that extremely boring. I was debating whether to leave or not after the first fifteen minutes. The dancing was interesting at first but moving about like an electrocuted orangutan got tiring quickly. Also how many times can you make the same jokes and expect people to laugh? Shoe cleaning on a doormat, things getting stuck on you, things getting thrown, a misbehaving piano, a chase with a getaway under the legs, trying to move something immovable only to manage it but then not realise it...James tries but simply can't escape his grandfather's shadow, also throwing in a little Mr. Bean to please British crowds. The stage setting was impressive at first but up until the last five minutes where for whatever reason a giant floating frog appears, it didn't change one bit, contributing to the boring aspect. The lady in red singing had a lovely voice, but the songs themselves had the eloquence and meaningfulness of nursery rhymes. Children in a playground could come up with these, not memorable at all. Not sure if the "right" people will ever read is, but perhaps it will do them good. In any case, negative feedback is more constructive than praise. James and team, you can do so much better.