Olivier Award-nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War Epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.  

Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters? 


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 ‘A pitch perfect demonstration of atmospheric theatre’ 


‘The overall vision stays with you like a strange, significant dream.’

Exciting, slick and evocative’

‘Theatre which cuts deep and doesn’t heal until long after the curtain has gone down’

‘Spellbinding intensity
Sunday Express 

‘You’ll be harrowed’
Sunday Times 



Written by Oliver Lansley
Orginal Soundtrack performed live by Alexander Wolfe
Directors: James Seager & Oliver Lansley
Designer: Sam Wyer
Lighting Design: Paul Green
Silhouette animation: Richard Mansfield
Sound Design: Liam McDermott
Costume Designer: Hannah Spearing

String quartet intro to The Landing written by Alex Metcalfe & Alexander Wolfe, played by The Wolfettes; Rachel Dawson (cello), Polly Wiltshire (viola), Catriona Parker (violin), Sarah Tuke (violin)

Special Thanks to: Malcolm & Gillian Lansley, Vicky Sanders, Malcolm & Jean Sanders, Luton Hat Factory, Wales Millennium Centre, The Pleasance, Sally Higginson, Elise Colledge, Harriet Darling, Megan Harrison, Lara Booth, Isabella Van Braeckel, Georgi Shire, Jude Christian, Natalie Richardson, Alex McCarthy, Doreen Braund, Anna Marsland, Louise Miles Crust, Odunsi Oluwatoyin.

First performed in 2012 with: Alfie Boyd, Tim Jackson, Oliver Lansley, Conrad Sharp, and Alexander Wolfe.

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