Androcles and the Lion - Shaw Festival Theatre

Androcles and the Lion
Waiting to be thrown to the lions (literally!) has never been funnier. An interactive twist on Shaw’s tale.
Court House Theatre
June 6 - October 7
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In ancient Rome, a group of early Christians wait to be thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. Some are more eager to be martyrs than others; the Romans just think they are all crazy. Shaw takes the fable of the man who pulled the thorn from the lion’s paw as the starting point for one of his funniest plays. This revival will be a daring theatre experiment: everyone in the room, actors and audience, will have the chance to get involved. Ready to play?

*Each performance will be different depending on which version of the show we will be doing. Intrigued? All the more reasons to see the show more than once!

Technical Credits
By Bernard Shaw
Director Tim Carroll
Set and costume design Dana Osborne
Lighting design Kimberly Purtell
Dance sequences and puppetry Alexis Milligan
Original music Paul Sportelli
Approximate run time
1 hour and 55 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes
including intermission*
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