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Ashurbanipal: The Last Great King of Assyria

February 28, 2019-7:30 pm - March 3, 2019-8:30 pm

An immersive theatre event:

Thursday, 28 Feb – Sunday, 3 Mar
£12 – £15
7.30pm daily
Matinee Saturday 2 March 2.30pm

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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)


February 28, 2019-7:30 pm
March 3, 2019-8:30 pm
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