The String Quartet's Guide To Sex And Anxiety - Birmingham Rep
Dates & Times
Sat 12 May 18
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Mon 14 May 18
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Tue 15 May 18
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Wed 16 May 18
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Thu 17 May 18
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Fri 18 May 18
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Sat 19 May 18
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That which others hear or read of, I felt and practised myself; they get their knowledge by books, I mine by melancholising. Robert Burton

The tempestuous relationship between sex, anxiety and music comes to a head in the remarkable new production from one of Europe's most exciting theatre directors, Calixto Bieito.

Music and drama collide as the award-winning string powerhouse The Heath Quartet performs alongside an equally stunning quartet of actors to deliver an unmissable montage of melody and madness. The eight artists will take you on a journey through time to explore how our innermost thoughts wage battle with our artistic impulses.

Calixto has been influenced by two maverick philosophers working 400 years apart. Every age has its own affliction according to academic Byung-Chul Han and ours is 'determined neither by bacteria nor by viruses, but by neurons'. But a little-known author named Robert Burton may have found the cure many years ago in his strange yet surprisingly relevant book, The Anatomy of Melancholy. This show doesn't have the cure but you will feel better after seeing it.

Director Calixto Bieito 

Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell

Please note that this show is recommended for ages 14+ 


Ticket Information

Tickets from £15

Previews (12-14 May) from £10

Group, family, disabled and school rates available via our box office.

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