Olivier Award-nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War Epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.  

Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One.  As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters? 

Cast & Creatives

Edward Cartwright
James Hastings
Kadell Herida
Oliver Lansley
Alexander Wolfe

Writer: Oliver Lansley

Original Soundtrack performed live by Alexander Wolfe

Directors: James Seager & Oliver Lansley

Designer: Sam Wyer

Original Lighting Design: Paul Green

Silhouette animation: Richard Mansfield

Sound Design: Liam McDermott

Associate Designer: Alice Cox 

Associate Lighting Designer (Southwark) & Relighter (Tour): Timothy Kelly 

Associate Lighting Designer (Tour): Peter Fennell

Sound Operator: Adam Hutton

First performed in 2012 with: Alfie Boyd, Tim Jackson, Oliver Lansley, Conrad Sharp, and Alexander Wolfe.

Photos: Rah Petherbridge

"visually stunning, vividly realised"

The Stage (★★★★)

"it is in the sound and visuals where this production truly excels […] Les Enfants Terribles’ reputation for storytelling shines through"

ReviewsHub (★★★★★)

“The standout lighting design begins as the audience comes into the theatre”

The Upcoming

“it's hard not to get swallowed up by the haze-fuelled murkiness of the dank hellscape. Towards the end of the show, Peter Fennell and Timothy Kelly's lighting design also provide a series of hauntingly powerful images”


“excellent lighting by Peter Fennell and Timothy Kelly”


“These moments and many others are beautifully highlighted by Tim Kelly’s atmospheric and gorgeous lighting”


“This is a show which oozes creativity out of every moment”

MusicalTheatreMusings (★★★★★)

“The audience become engrossed in this environment from the moment they step into the auditorium, setup with flickering lamps and decorated like the tunnels themselves”

TheatreSouthEast (★★★★★)

“Actually manages to become greater than the sum of its fantastic parts”

WestEndWilma (★★★★)