Think Apocalypse Now meets The Road meets Double Indemnity.

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Written more than 100 years ago, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is a tale of lies and brutal greed and of the dark heart which beats within us all. Now re-sited in a forsaken Europe, lost to the destructive lust for power, it emerges as a tale absolutely for our time.

This bold re-telling of the Conrad classic is a visually rich, multi-layered work which fuses live performance with digital technology.

The performers enter the stage, into uncharted territory. They are adrift with a story that they know they must tell. As they wait for the turn of the tide, the story unfolds like an animated Cinemascope graphic novel on the hanging projections screens above their heads.

The heart of darkness must be found. The story is impossible to tell, but it must be told.

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Praise for A Farewell to Arms:

“imitating the dog is not only a company without imitators, it is currently without peer” The Guardian

“Rarely has the futility of conflict been so powerfully presented on stage” The Stage

“imitating the dog is still, to me, one of the UK’s most interesting companies” Clare Brennan, The Observer

“This is definitely a performance to see…afterwards reflect on the true power of love and the utter brutality and banality of modern warfare – both perfectly portrayed in A Farewell to Arms” The Public Reviews

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Heart of Darkness - Rehearsals


Defacing Heart of Darkness: new plays tear down Conrad's colonialist tale. The Guardian


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.