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Crypt Gallery, London

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£12.81 - £16.01

Catharsis Theatre presents ASHURBANIPAL by L. S. Wisnom.

“The eclipse is coming. One of us must die” 

Something is rotten in Ashurbanipal’s court. A civil war rages: brother against brother, Assyria against Babylon.  The king’s ministers plot to control his decisions, while the royal family unravels from the inside. 

Who will emerge from the chaos to control the greatest empire the region has ever known? And can we ever know the full story? 

Enter a world where it is up to you to piece together the truth from the fragments. Walk the corridors of power in the heart of an empire that stretched from Egypt to Iran. Decipher the true meanings of omens which will shape the fate of thousands. Be the eyes and ears of the king’s spymaster. Choose whose truth you believe - but beware: in the polarised world of Assyria’s court, you may not be in command of all the facts. 

If you’re a fan of immersive theatre, fascinated by Shakespeare’s betrayal-filled histories, or can’t wait to binge-watch the next season of Game of Thrones, you won't want to miss this.


"This is one of the play's great strengths: to take the unusual and strange and make it understandable and even familiar." - Rosetta (Review for previous production of Ashurbanipal)

"...amazing script..." - VICE (Review for previous production of Ashurbanipal)

"This is the reason fringe theatre exists: to stimulate, to educate, and to challenge" - Culturised (review for Catharsis Theatre's purged

★★★★★ "a thing of dance, passion, total beauty…. a complete life-enhancement" - LondonTheatre1 (review for Catharsis Theatre's Hippolytus)

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Crypt Gallery

Euston Road



Director: Justin Murray

Writer: L. S. Wisnom

Producers: Victoria Jones & Charlotte Potter

Movement Director: Rachel Wise

Assistant Director: Lara Alier

Set & Costume Designer: George Chaffey

Lighting Designer: Hakan Hafizoglu

Sound Designer: Davide Vox

Stage Manager: Charlotte Potter & Victoria Jones 



Laurence Varda

Michal Banai

Ramzi DeHani

Wayne Wilson

Melissa Taydon

John Lutula


Kindly supported by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East 

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the venue there is no wheelchair access. 

Seats will be available for a few of the scenes but not for all. Much of the play requires standing and walking. The floor is also uneven. 

The venue is very cold so wear layers regardless of weather outside. 

Strobe lighting will appear. 



Catharsis have a track record in making theatrically exciting work about the ancient world and our past in a variety of styles. Our previous shows include contemporary reworkings of Hippolytus and Hecuba by Euripides, as well as The (Almost) Complete Greek Tragedies in 2018.