Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Presented by Pants on Fire

A swell party fusing magical stagecraft and breathtaking imagery which relocates Ovid’s epic tales of fantastical transformation to the dark and delicious times of WWII.

Cupid – an evacuee with a catapult, Narcissus – an iconic Hollywood heartthrob drooling over his own cinematic image and The Chorus- Andrews-like sisters finding close harmony amid cosmic chaos.

An exploration of man’s inextricable link with nature and the universe. At a time when the earth is beginning another metamorphosis and humankind finds itself on the brink of change, these prescient ancient myths strike a poignant chord.

Theatre & Performance
Varies20 — 24 Feb
Crescent - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 20m
Combo OfferMember OfferMultimediaMusicPuppetry
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About the company

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire is an international theatre company based in London, UK. We create original, dramatically dynamic, visually brilliant and widely accessible theatre.

We focus on the ensemble, visual storytelling, energetic play and magical theatricality and irreverence. We want to thrill and inspire. Brimming with invention, our shows include live original music, masks, puppets, mime, clown, ingenious props and costumes, dance and film. Our devising processes are ensemble driven, utilising the abilities of the actor.

Pants on Fire create uniquely theatrical worlds that rely on the imagination of the spectator and form a synergy between performer and audience.


Directed by Peter Bramley
Original music by Lucy Egger

Press & Reviews

The Guardian **** "Peter Bramley's jaw-dropping production... A breakthrough show!
The Sunday Times **** "Titanic silliness delivered with great skill"
The New York Times "Terrific... engrossing... magical"
WhatsOnStage ***** "A theatrical delight that rewrites the possibilities of literary adaptation with outstanding success"
The Stage "This take on Ovid is one to restore your faith in devised productions"
Evening Standards **** "Pants on Fire’s endlessly inventive production"
BritishTheatre.com ***** “Pants on Fire are masters of invention, that is for sure.”