An Oak Tree



Wickham Theatre, Bristol
8-10 June

Festival d’Avignon
6 – 11 July

Royal Lyceum Theatre
4 – 27 August


When I say sleep, you’re free again.

A rare chance to see the play that shaped a theatre landscape. When it opened in 2005 Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree changed the rules of the game, bringing into the centre of its action an actor who has neither seen nor read the play.

In a performance of controlled virtuosity, the playwright guides that actor through a story of loss, suggestion and the power of the mind.

No two shows are the same. Each ‘vividly celebrates the live, raw, communal experience of theatre’ (Financial Times). This is an audience experience like no other.


Directors: Tim Crouch, Karl James and Andy Smith
Performed by Tim Crouch and a different second actor at each performance
Music: Pete Gill
Piano: Simon Crane

Producers 2022: Francesca Moody Productions


“It is like watching your own heart being mugged.” ★★★★ The Guardian 

“Its brilliance is unfettered and inexplicably moving.”
LA Weekly

“A masterclass in acting.”
LA Times  

“Like nothing you’ve ever seen before and is impossible to describe without spoiling everything in it that will have you riveted to your seat, palms sweating.”  Melbourne Age 

“Nobody does it quite like Tim Crouch. Pirandello for a modern audience and better.”
The Independent