Complicite was founded in 1983 and is led by Simon McBurney. The company’s work ranges from devised pieces to adaptations and revivals of classic texts.

Productions include The Master and Margarita, Shun-Kin, A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, Mnemonic, The Street of Crocodiles and A Minute Too Late.

From being smuggled into a shanty town in Chile to perform in 1984, to being broadcast live to cinemas across the globe in 2010, Complicite's productions have reached more than 120 venues in 34 countries winning numerous awards.

  • Image: A Disappearing Number (2010) Photographer: Robbie Jack
  • Image: A Dog's Heart (Co-production with English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera)
  • Image: Adetomiwa Edun (Charlie Ashanti) and Company Photographer: Mark Douet


Lionboy from the novels by Zizou Corder Adapted by Marcelo dos Santos

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 18-20 (9 on stage)
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: One 40 foot hard-side container (set, costumes, props and lighting and sound equipment).


Mixing storytelling, circus and live percussion, Lionboy tells the story of 11-year-old Charlie Ashanti, a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie's parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions.

Complicite’s first show for families and young people (ages 8+).

New Production: Amazon Beaming

  • Duration:
  • People on road:
  • Freight: No freight necessary


Directed by Simon McBurney. Available for tour autumn 2015-16.

Wraparound work

  • Workshops on request
  • Post-show discussions
  • LionboyKidnapped, an in-school literacy project for ages 9-10

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Arguably the country's best theatre company"

The Times

"The infinitely surprising and always creative theatre company Complicite"

Time Out

"The renowned Complicite has long exceeded at dazzling theatrical make-overs of the kind of adult literature that is considered dauntingly un-stageable"


"The hallmarks of this ground-breaking company are childlike inventiveness and confident expectation that audiences will bring their own imaginations and join the game"

Financial Times

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Artistic Director(s)

Simon McBurney

Contact details

Judith Dimant

14 Anglers Lane
Kentish Town

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