secret/heart presents

Billy Budd

Adapted from a novel by Herman Melville
17 July - 10 August 2013

Ticket Prices:
£10 previews | £16 | £14 (conc)

A person submerged in water wioth their eyes closed clutching a bunch of yellow flowers.

★★★★ ‘Charlie Archer is a joy to watch, presenting a character whose innocence and naivety is a joy to behold… Billy Budd is a show worth watching… for a multitude of reasons, not least for Archer’s performance in the title role. This kind of talent is not to be missed.’ Whatsonstage

★★★★ ‘secret/heart have sailed a memorable piece of nautical theatre into the harbour of the new Southwark Playhouse’ The Public Reviews

‘a very masculine, powerful tale. Charlie Archer captures the character perfectly’The Stage

‘swells with an authentic atmosphere of clanging metal and booming bass shanties. It carries its audience away…’ Time Out

Nominated for two Off West End Awards (Best Male Performance for Charlie Archer and Best Ensemble)

Billy Budd is a stage adaptation of Hermann Melville’s classic saga of events aboard a British man-of-war during the Napoleonic wars.

When the young sailor foundling Billy Budd is forced to leave the ship he calls home and impressed onto another, his innocence and charisma make him instantly popular with all his new crewmates – except one…

Billy Budd is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men.

“Astonishingly modern… Heartstopping” The Guardian on Director Seb Harcombe’s The Illusion (2012)


Theatre: The Little

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm

Tue & Sat: 3pm

Running Time: 140 minutes

The Company

Charlie Archer
Iain Batchelor
Luke Courtier
Hugo Bolton
Joel Gorf
Christopher Hammond
Oliver King
Jonathan Leinmuller
Seb Harcombe
Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Howard Hudson

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact

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How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Borough
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Closest Tube Station:
Elephant & Castle (Northern Line & Bakerloo Line)
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Opening Hours

Monday 5.30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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