1789 was the year of the French Revolution, and also of the infamous mutiny on The Bounty. Rebellion and new ideas of democracy were in the air.

After overthrowing Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian drops anchor at the remote island of Pitcairn in the southern Pacific, so to establish a society of equals with his fellow sailors and their Tahitian followers. But the settlers are loathe to relinquish their privileges and vices, and the Tahitians dream of home.

With salty humour and growing horror, Richard Bean charts the colony's descent from a new Eden to brutal dystopia. Richard Bean's plays include One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre and West End); The Heretic (Royal Court); and The Big Fellah (Out of Joint).

Contains strong language and adult themes

Suitable for ages 16 yrs plus


Presented by Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe

By Richard Bean

Directed by Max Stafford-Clark


Running times: Act 1 66mins, Interval 15mins, Act 2 62mins

Media Corner
“Lucid. Haunting. Savagely comic. I can’t stop thinking about it and it expands in my mind”
The Independent
“Exciting. Bean dares to tackle big themes with thought-provoking fizz”
The Observer
“Ingenious... A pleasure to watch. Tim Shortall's design evokes the ruged grandeur of Pitcairn and Orian Michaeli's choreography is spectacular. The cast is also highly impressive”
The Guardian
“Engagingly ambitious... a sense of scope that ensures it is never less than interesting. A fine cast”
The Times


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Writer Richard Bean talks to The Telegraph

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