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Preview: Rambert: Death Trap at Newcastle Theatre Royal

 Rambert Dance Company Return To Newcastle


Rambert: Death Trap

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April 2024

Rambert dancers in Death Trap
Photo - Camilla Greenwell

Following the popular success of their previous visits to Newcastle Theatre Royal, Rambert Dance Company returns to the stage this Spring with Death Trap, a brilliant evening of dance devised by Ben Duke (of Lost Dog).

Rambert dancer Naya Lovell in Ben Duke's Goat
Photo - Camilla Greenwell

Death Trap will conclude its European tour in which it visited a total of 10 theatres including a visit to Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville, at Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Rambert dancers in Ben Duke's Cerebus
 Photo - Camilla Greenwell 

Bringing together Goat (2017) and Cerberus (2022), Death Trap continues Rambert’s focus on storytelling and characters, and features awe inspiring performances by their diverse company of dancers, with live music by an on-stage band.

Rambert dancers Jonathan Wade, Naya Lovell and Angélique Blasco
in Ben Duke's Death Trap (Cerberus)
Photo - Camilla Greenwell 

Death Trap is infused with Ben Duke’s irresistible, stylish and accessible sense of dance theatre, is darkly funny, and packed with originality.

Rambert dancers Jonathan Wade and Angélique Blasco
in Ben Duke's Death Trap (Cerberus)
Photo - Camilla Greenwell

In Cerberus, first performed in 2022, we enter a world where dance is literally a matter of life or death. An ingenious adaptation of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, it is a bittersweet musing on myth and mortality, complete with funeral couture. Goat is inspired by the spirit of Nina Simone, with iconic songs including Feelings, Feeling Good and Ain’t Got No / I Got, Life.

Rambert dancers Joseph Kudra Archie White Simone Damberg Würtz and
 Conor Kerrigan in Ben Duke's Death Trap (Cerberus) 
Photo - Camilla Greenwell

Both pieces have been recreated for this tour by Ben Duke and Rambert dancers Adél Bálint, Angélique Blasco, Simone Damberg Würtz, Max Day, Conor Kerrigan, Joseph Kudra, Naya Lovell, Musa Motha, Aishwarya Raut, Antonello Sangirardi, Alex Soulliere, Dylan Tedaldi, Jonathan Wade, Archie White and Seren Williams.

Rambert in Ben Duke's Death Trap (Goat)
Photo - Camilla Greenwell

Helen Shute, CEO and Executive Producer of Rambert said: “We’re thrilled to take Rambert back on the road and this new evening in collaboration with Ben Duke is a great opportunity to connect with new and returning audiences across the country and beyond.”

Rambert in Ben Duke's Death Trap (Goat)
Photo -Camilla Greenwell

And of this new collaboration with Rambert, Choreographer Ben Duke says: “The work I make is always inspired by and made with the performers and it is a privilege to find myself in a room with these exceptional artists. Their diversity of background means that they bring such a richness of experience into the space, and it is their talent and generosity that really make this work.” 


Rambert: Death Trap plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April 2024. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.


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