Thursday 03 February, Friday 4 February, Saturday 5 February - 7.30pm

Mark Bruce Company presents

Phantoms – a triple bill

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company return to the Merlin with a stunning triple bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Green Apples

Bruce’s highly popular commanding work choreographed to music by The White Stripes. A visceral and immediate live experience as two dancers perform within the confines of a rope circle, creating a space of powerful physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Folk Tales

Characters from the myths of our past dance to the evocative music of Martin Simpson, including renditions of Beaulampkins, Soldier’s Joy and Betsy the Serving Maid among others. A collection of life affirming pieces; at once mysterious, fiery and celebrational.


A stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge in a land where our phantoms roam free. Mark Bruce Company presents its trademark cinematic vision; a carousel of dream-like characters in a beautifully savage world falling into chaos, culminating in a surreal, classic showdown on the road. Phantoms features the creative team that brought you Dracula, Macbeth and Return to Heaven, and an originally composed score.

★★★★★ The dancers are all superb, together they flow like liquid gold across the stage. StageTalk
★★★★ A unique and powerful dynamic, one of Bruce’s … most striking pieces of work.” Broadway World
★★★★ The dancing is superb. …rather wonderful.”
Financial Times

MACBETH (2018)
★★★★ “Dark, smart dance theatre” The Stage
★★★★★ “Mark Bruce directs with complete confidence” Broadway World
★★★★ “Stunner” The Guardian

★★★★ “…rock ‘n’ roll theatre ballet of a very high calibre” The Stage
★★★★ “Surreal epic with a Tarantino twist” London Evening Standard

DRACULA (2013/2014)
★★★★ “I’d be surprised if I saw a more entertaining piece of dance theatre this year. Kill for a ticket.” The Observer
★★★★ “Bruce and his extraordinarily gifted dancers navigate Bram Stoker’s hellish narrative with near-hallucinatory dexterity…it raises the bar of dance theatre very high” The Guardian

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Tickets: Adults £19, Concessions £15
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Running time: 80 mins plus interval*
Recommended: 11+*
*Please note that the running time and age recommendation in our spring brochure is wrong. Please use this information to plan your visit!

We ask that patrons wear masks when in the Merlin Theatre. We will still carry out extra cleaning and provide hand gel for your use.