The Pearl
The Pearl

house presents Dumbshow Theatre
The Pearl

When impoverished Kino finds the ‘pearl of the world’ he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever. Seduced by the pearl’s beauty and promise of riches, he is blind to the danger of having something that everyone else wants. Instead of bringing hope, the pearl leads Kino and his family down a dark and dangerous path.

A timeless fable about the allure of wealth, the confines of class, and the redemptive power of love. Dumbshow bring John Steinbeck’s novella to life with their trademark visual inventiveness and playful theatricality.

★★★★ “A bric-a-brac masterpiece… real emotional heart… an imaginative joy to behold”— The Scotsman (Hot Show)

★★★★ “Subtly political and ultimately moving”— A Younger Theatre

★★★★★ “Beautifully crafted… a must-see” — The Public Reviews

There will be a free Audience Club event after the performance.


Director Michael Bryher explains what ignited his interest in staging The Pearl.

Cast member Nicola Cutcher considers what The Pearl suggests about the role of money in society.


Join us for a special ‘book club’ edition of Audience Club. You can borrow a copy of John Steinbeck’s novella The Pearl from our box office from 1st October, courtesy of Hampshire Library Service.


£8 tickets for School groups, please contact the Box Office for more details on 023 8065 2333


Photo credit: Dumbshow Theatre