"At the forefront of making high quality theatre for northern audiences." - The Play's The Thing
Elysium TC is a new, independent, professional theatre company based in Durham. Our goal is to bring the best of world theatre to the North of England, with particular focus on the North East.
We launched in 2017. Since then it has been a whirlwind, with six critically-acclaimed productions coming one after another.
Our first, the Durham & Manchester premiere of J P Miller’s 'Days Of Wine And Roses' adapted by Owen McCafferty, played at the Assembly Rooms, Durham and 53two, Manchester, in October 2017. Its lead actor, co-founder Danny Solomon, was nominated for Best Fringe Performance in the Manchester Theatre Awards 2018.
Our second, the northern premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 'Jesus Hopped The A Train', played at the Assembly Rooms and HOME, Manchester, in May 2018.
Our third, the Durham premiere of 'Footfalls' and 'Krapp’s Last Tape' by Samuel Beckett, played at the Assembly Rooms on 23rd & 24th June as part of the Durham Festival Of Arts 2018
Our fourth, the regional premiere of 'The River' by Jez Butterworth, played at the City Theatre, Durham, and the Green Room at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, at the end of November and early December 2018...
Our fifth, a version of Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' set in the North East saw us break out into small scale touring. Starting with our co-producers, Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham, we toured to the Gala in Durham, the Exchange in North Shields and the Majestic in Darlington in March/ April 2019, then transferred to Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester in June, where it received almost unanimous praise.
Our sixth, the northern premiere of 'Playland' by Athol Fugard performed during Black History Month, October 2019. It won sensational reviews and great audience feedback at every venue it played across the North East and in Manchester...
On to 2020!
LOOK BACK IN ANGER
by John Osborne
Assembly Rooms, Durham
Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
1956: the year of the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian uprising and Elvis Presley's first album...
In a tiny flat somewhere in England the marriage of Jimmy and Alison Porter is coming apart. Class, politics, jealousy and passion combine to create the perfect storm which threatens to draw in all those they hold dear as they battle to save their love.
John Osborne’s landmark play about rebellion, restless youth and ‘the Angry Young Man’ revolutionised British theatre in its first production in 1956. A searing drama of a marriage in crisis, love and class, it has lost none of its power to shock and excite today.
With Danny Solomon, Hannah Ellis Ryan ('Coronation St') and Edmund Dehn ('Knightmare', 'Judge Minty')...
"Osborne didn't contribute to British theatre, he set off a landmine and blew most of it up" - Alan Sillitoe
A great way of beginning a new year of Elysium creativity! Onwards to 2020!
LOOKING BACK ON 2019
PLAYLAND by Athol Fugard
Black History Month
North East Tour & Empty Space Theatre, Manchester
We were incredibly proud to present the Northern premiere of Athol Fugard’s great play about the end of Apartheid during Black History Month this year. We played at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham – with whom we are building a powerful ongoing creative relationship – the Exchange, North Shields, City Theatre, Durham (where we performed ‘The River’ last year), the new Empty Space Theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester and the wonderful Hullabaloo Space in the Darlington Hippodrome.
‘Playland’ got some of the best reviews and audiences responses we have ever had. It also gave us the opportunity to work with Show Racism The Red Card, the UK’s foremost charity dedicated to working against racism in this country. It was also a real pleasure to reunite Danny Solomon and Faz Singhateh who did such wonderful work for us last year in ‘Jesus Hopped The A Train’…