“Peter Brook has been a gale force in theater for well over half a century.” - Artforum

“The inhabitants of the balcony look delighted as well as startled. And a warmth, as welcome as sunshine in February, spreads through the audience.” - The New York Times

“A radically simple enactment and performance. The Prisoner offers deep moral seriousness. No other theater in town can offer it.” - Time Out New York

Theatre for a New Audience presents C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord


With Hiran Abeysekera, Hayley CarmichaelHervé Goffings, Omar Silva, and Kalieaswari Srinivasan

A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he? What is he doing there? Is he free? Or is he the prisoner?

After performances in London, Edinburgh, Rome, and Paris, TFANA presents the New York premiere of The Prisoner, a provocative examination of law and justice, punishment and redemption. Their previous productions with TFANA include The Grand Inquisitor based on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Samuel Beckett’s Fragments, and The Valley of the Astonishment

Join us for free post-show conversations with artists and scholars after the following performances:

Saturday, December 1 at 2:00pm: Richard McCoy in conversation with Marie-Hélène Estienne and actors Hiran Abeysekera, Hayley Carmichael, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, and Kalieaswari Srinivasan

Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm: TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz in conversation with Peter Brook

Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm: Alisa Solomon in conversation with Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Sunday, December 16 at 2:00pm: TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz in conversation with Dominic DuPont and Bianca Vivion Brooks

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Learn more about our New Deal program and join us at our inaugural New Deal Night following the Wednesday, November 28 performance of The Prisoner. RSVP to the free post-show reception here.

Peter Brook Marie-Hélène Estienne

Special Thanks: Tarell Alvin McCraney and Alexander Zeldin who participated in developmental workshops of The Prisoner.  

Co-production: National Theatre, London; The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw; Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen; Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven; Theatre for a New Audience, New York

Lighting by Philippe Vialatte
Set Elements by David Violi
Costume Elements Alice François

The Prisoner is supported by the Amberstone Trust. Pictured above: Hiran Abeysekera in The Prisoner, photo by Simon Annand.