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We are currently offering three shows in repertoire: THE COMPLETE DEATHS, OEDIPUSSY and STIFF.


Please enquire if you are interested in acquiring rights or licensing these or other Spymonkey shows.


UK and world touring

Please contact Spymonkey producer Emily Coleman

emilycoleman@spymonkey.co.uk / tel: +44 7879 441815


US and Canada touring

Please contact Tim Robinson of 12 Corners Management NYC

timskyrob@gmail.com / tel: +1 702 332 5754

Spymonkey, the 'greatest clowns working in Britain today' (Time Out London), have been touring internationally since 2001. International venues and festivals have included:


  • HBO Aspen Comedy Festival
  • Just For Laughs Montreal
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • Toronto World Stages Festival
  • High Performance Rodeo Calgary
  • Queretaro Festival of Physical Theatre Mexico
  • Leicester Square Theatre, London West End
  • London International Mime Festival
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • British Council tours of Taiwan, Syria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Mexico, Finland, Greece, France, Germany, Turkey
  • Commercial tours of Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland
  • Residencies include Zumanity / Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, Tipi am Kanzleramt Berlin and Palazzo Amsterdam


touring shows in repertoire

A Spymonkey co-production with Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton


★★★★ “A fabulous bloodbath” The Observer


★★★★★ “The funniest show about slaughter you'll ever see” Exeunt


There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus.


★★★★ “Maestros” Financial Times


They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.


“Extraordinary. Brilliant virtuoso physical comedy. Dark and disturbing. Hilarious” BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review


Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.


“Life-affirming with a macabre twist… Rings with cynical complexity.” Chicago Tribune


Directed by Tim Crouch (Obie-winning creator of 'I, Malvolio', 'An Oak Tree', 'Adler & Gibb' at the Royal Court London) and designed by Spymonkey regular Lucy Bradridge, THE COMPLETE DEATHS opened in May 2016 at Brighton Festival to acclaim from audiences and critics alike, and has been delighting audiences around the world since then - a solemn, sombre, life-affirming and sublimely funny tribute to Shakespeare and death.


★★★★★ “Silly, clever, slapstick, vulgar and hysterically funny. Highly recommended” Around The Town Chicago





Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch


Created by Tim Crouch & Spymonkey:

Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park


Designed by Lucy Bradridge

Lighting design by Phil Supple

Music by Toby Park

Choreography by Theo Clinkard / Janine Fletcher

Video design Sam Bailey

Assistant Director Lucy Skilbeck

Voice Coach Nia Lynn for RSC






FULL LENGTH SHOW recorded at Shoreditch Town Hall London Sept 2016






Souvenir programme



More reviews, radio clips and interviews with the creative team on our main THE COMPLETE DEATHS page.


All of Shakespeare's onstage deaths, performed by "four of Britain's greatest clowns" (Time Out).


Playing Length

126 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Act 1 56 mins / Act 2 50 mins


Stage Requirements

Min. stage area 8m wide x 8m deep

Designed for mid-scale spaces, can also accommodate larger studio spaces.



Suitable for audiences 14+.

Contains smoke, haze, brief full-frontal nudity, profanity, blood, maiming, stabbings, poisonings and baking people in pies. Blame the Bard.


Performance History

Premiered at Brighton Festival May 2016

UK tour May to October 2016

Istanbul Festival May 2016

Vicenza Festival Italy Sept 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Dec 2016


Complete Deaths images

Spymonkey’s hilarious physical comedy combines with the playful storytelling verve of Kneehigh artistic director Emma Rice and writing partner Carl Grose to create an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy - a tale of forbidden lust, accidental incest, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.


CRITICS CHOICE ✭✭✭✭ 'Remarkable. Powerful. Joyful' The Times


In an attempt to escape their destiny in being all-too-widely recognised as the creators of some of the funniest, riotously surreal work of the last decade, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of inspired theatrical invention to the greatest of tragic tales in order to establish their legacy as the greatest tragic geniuses of their generation. Like Oedipus himself, however, they discover that eluding destiny is no mean feat.


WINNER Argus Angel Award for Excellence in Theatre, Brighton Festival 2012


Taking inspiration from Barbarella, Bond and Bowie, Oedipussy features a set by Michael Vale (RSC, National Theatre, ENO), costumes by longstanding Spymonkey collaborator Lucy Bradridge (Cirque du Soleil, Mighty Boosh), lighting design by Phil Supple (Shockheaded Peter, Northumberland Lights), original music by Toby Park and Neil Filby (Silo8, Fabrikk Switzerland) and sound design by Simon Baker (Matilda, Kneehigh).


CRITICS CHOICE ✭✭✭✭ 'Joyously inventive retelling of the Oedipus legend' Evening Standard



✭✭✭✭ 'I love Spymonkey for the brilliance and precision of their clowning and the ripple of pure intelligence beneath the anarchic surface... Quite rare,

quite wonderful, not to be missed.' Libby Purves Theatrecat.com






Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice


Written by Carl Grose & Spymonkey:

Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park


Set Design by Michael Vale

Costume Design by Lucy Bradridge

Lighting by Phil Supple

Original Music by Toby Park & Neil Filby

Sound Design by Simon Baker









recorded at Brighton Theatre Royal May 2012 (in 3 parts).








Souvenir programme


More reviews, videos, images and interviews with the creators on our main OEDIPUSSY pages.



Playing Length

125 minutes (incl. 15 minute interval)

Act 1 65 mins / Act 2 45 mins


Stage Requirements

Min. stage area 8m wide x 8m deep.

Designed for mid-scale spaces.



Suitable for audiences 14+.

Contains incest, violence, mutilation, strobes, brief nudity and chorus-work.


Performance History

Premiered at Royal & Derngate Northampton, January 2012

UK tour January 2012 to October 2013


More about the show on our main OEDIPUSSY pages.

Oedipussy images

“Dark, edgy and very funny... Rooted somewhere between Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett” The Houston Chronicle


Forbes Murdston, the great tragedian, has suffered writer’s block for years. Now at last he has his own personal tragedy to draw upon. Following the tragic loss of his wife, he gathers around him an enthusiastic but totally incompetent troupe of actors to produce a moving tribute to his dear departed love. Mr Keller the embalmer, Alfredo Graves the pallbearer and Mandy Bandy the make-up artist are determined to make a night of it.


“I nearly died laughing” The Times


Total Theatre Award Winner 2000


Houston Press Award - best visiting show 2001


To celebrate 20 years at the forefront of international comedy theatre, Spymonkey revive their first ever show, created with writer/director Cal McCrystal - comedy director of the National Theatre's 'One Man Two Guvnors' starring James Corden - in 1998.


It has won accolades and delighted audiences all over the world, from Edinburgh to Houston, Calgary to Budapest, Mexico City to Taipei.


“You'll weep, but only with laughter” The Guardian





Directed by Cal McCrystal


Created by Cal McCrystal & Spymonkey


Design by Lucy Bradridge













20th anniversary revival of Spymonkey's international hit show, a black comedy about undertakers, Scottish jigs and how to apply make-up.



A tragic actor gathers around him a trio of undertakers to enact a moving tribute to his dear departed wife. They are determined to make a night of it...


Playing Length

75 minutes, no interval


Stage Requirements

Min. stage area 6m wide x 6m deep

Ideal for studio theatres and smaller mid-scale spaces.



Suitable for audiences of all ages.


Performance History

Premiered at Komedia Brighton, Dec 1998

UK touring from January 1999

International touring includes Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Aspen Comedy Festival, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Syria, Czech Republic, Romania


More about the show on the STIFF pages.

Clown masterclass to professional performers at The Smith Center Las Vegas 2012

Where we've been

We offer a range of educational activities to accompany performances of our work, taught by artistic directors Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey and Toby Park.


These include professional performance training for experienced actors and performers, graduate and undergraduate training programmes, introductory workshops for young people, and lectures on our creative process to universities, drama schools and vocational colleges.


Further information about the range of activities on offer are to be found on our Education pages.


Spymonkey are world renowned teachers of clown and performance. Some of the places we have taught include:

  • The National Theatre London
  • École Phillippe Gaulier, Paris
  • Cirque du Monde Foundation, Las Vegas
  • New York Clown Theatre Festival
  • The Clown School Los Angeles
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Celebration Barn Maine
  • Rote Nasen, Vienna Austria
  • Clown Doctors Europe
  • Taipei International Arts Festival Taiwan
  • Sam Houston State University, Texas USA
  • High Institute of Dramatic Art, Damascus, Syria
  • Festival del Theatro del Cuerpo, Mexico City & Queretaro
  • Northampton University
  • University of Kent
  • National Independent Schools Drama Association conference
  • Liverpool Everyman
  • STORM, Lyric Hammersmith London, collaboration with Push & Graeae –  (here for video clip)
  • Clown Lab, Salford University
  • Winchester University



Lectures have included:

  • National Independent Schools Drama Association, national conference 2012, A-level & GCSE syllabus company since 2012
  • Winchester University Performing Arts, Street Arts, Arts Administration Bachelor of Arts
  • UK National Centre for Circus Arts - Bachelor of Arts & BTEC courses
  • Kingston University Drama and Performance Bachelor of Arts
  • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
  • Nuffield Theatre, Southampton University
  • University of Kent at Canterbury, BA


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