“This production from the genre-bending Complicite company is one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created." 
The New York Times

“The Encounter just might be the perfect stage production.” – Broadway World
“Embark on a theatrical performance different from anything you have ever seen” – The Stage Review
“A compelling, creative theater experience.” – The Atkin Report
“It’s certainly an encounter worth having!” – The Awesome Theatre Blog
“One of the most imaginative and daring theatrical production ever to come our way – an acting tour de force for McBurney.” – Total Theater 

On Broadway, a one-of-a-kind encounter played to overwhelming critical acclaim, and audiences were dazzled by a play that must be experienced to be believed.
This is a truly original and astonishing night of theater: Once you take your seat, your senses are engaged in breathtaking ways. Through the use of cutting-edge aural technology and virtuosic storytelling, Simon McBurney leads you on an epic journey from the intimacy of his home in London to deep into the Amazon rainforest.
THE ENCOUNTER tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, which leads to a startling encounter that is to change his life. But the experience simultaneously plunges you into a visceral inner voyage. As McIntyre's mesmerizing tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to encounter true theatrical magic for 12 performances only at The Wallis.

Read the program notes here.

Directed and performed by Simon McBurney
Co-Director Kirsty Housley
Design Michael Levine
Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
Lighting Paul Anderson
Projection Will Duke
Associate Director Jemima James

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Sennheiser and the Wellcome Trust.


Whilst many people with minor hearing impairments will find the headphone system adequate to hear the show, we also have oversized headphones for those wearing external heading aids, can provide personal induction loops, and have sockets for patrons with direct inputs. We can also provide a mono version of the show, and independent volume controls for people with reduced hearing in one ear. If you would like assistance with this, please make yourself known to the ushers or sound technicians in the auditorium before the start of the show.