Let Me Play The Lion Too

Told by an Idiot

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A group photo of the actors from Told By An Idiot standing together doing funny poses with pots and pans on their heads

Expect an afternoon of anarchic spontaneity, unpredictable and provocative in nature, from a dynamic ensemble of twelve performers.

With Told by an Idiot’s Artistic Director Paul Hunter assuming the role of playful provocateur, a new generation of actors makes work in the moment, transforming before our eyes and stimulating our imaginations. Stories of sex, love, romance and belonging, inspired in part by The Decameron (the Italian, much wilder cousin of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales), are the starting points for this live theatrical event. 

Initiated by a desire to effect change in relation to a lack of diversity onstage, Let Me Play The Lion Too began with an inclusive, open audition process attended by more than 260 performers with varying levels of experience. Designed to present opportunities to those underrepresented in theatre, including actors with disabilities, the project brings together a talented company with a shared passion for developing original material rooted in the Told by an Idiot trademarks of collaborative writing, curiosity and comedic sensibility. 


Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

1 hour/no interval

Age guidance 14+


Part of Sky Arts Art 50

Supported by The City of London Corporation and The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation


Long Read: Told by an Idiot

How can we tackle the lack of diversity on stage? We spoke to theatre company, Told by an Idiot, for their advice on how cultural organisations can become more accessible and how art has the power to incite change.


‘A company with a gift for inventive physicality‘
‘Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets‘
Time Out
‘Wonderfully nutty and inventive‘
‘Their work is never less than sublime‘

The Pit