Supported by HOME

As FC Barcelona fans flock to Manchester this week for their Champions’ League Quarter Final match at Old Trafford, Barcelona’s leading theatre company also arrive in the city…

Señor Serrano return to HOME following 2017’s sell-out success Birdie, to headline the 25th Anniversary of ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival. Using footage from the various King Kong films, witness this unique, cinema-in-real-time event on our Theatre 1 stage as the history of capitalism unfolds.

Expect more objects, more performers, more musicians, more dancers, more staging and plenty more bananas!

★★★★★ “Kingdom and the work of Señor Serrano couldn’t be more unlike the time-honoured plays we are used to… It all fits together to create pure, vibrant theatre that shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone.” – A Younger Theatre

“An outstanding piece of performance theatre… A delightful hour-long burst of escapist documentaryism… Yet another multimedia masterpiece from the King Kongs of insatiable curious intrigue.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

★★★★★ “Bizarre and hilarious… As much an escapist fantasy as it is a documentary.” – Mancunion

★★★★ “The genius of Kingdom is that [bananas, capitalism, masculinity and King Kong] soon begin to seem like totally logical bedfellows… You will leave the theatre wanting more. And also wanting a banana.” – Upstaged Manchester

“In a fitting turn of events, FC Barcelona descended on Old Trafford while Barcelona’s leading theatre company tore up the rulebook, captivating the audience with their ambitious live spectacle… Bananas and capitalism are two unlikely bedfellows but Kingdom explores the nuances of their relationship in a weird and wonderful way… [A] crazy hour-long carnival.” – Mancunian Matters

“The cast seem reluctant to end the show and constantly extend the final scene… The welcome sense of irreverence running through Kingdom keeps the play lively and avoids it becoming too worthy or ponderous.” – British Theatre Guide

Kingdom is a perfect example of irreverent, loud and brilliantly clever theatre that ramps up the energy and has a theatre audience feel like they have just come out of a hi-energy gig… Fabulous and fruity.” – Live Art Alive

“Expertly combines a hard-hitting socio-political message with truly inventive stagecraft and performances… It’s loud, extravagant, dynamic and energetic – and above all, it’s completely bananas.” – Shewolf Manchester

“An appealing quintet of eccentrics keeps the mix ever-fresh and makes for an amusing hour or so of techno clowning… A typically quirky show of ingenious mixed-media, offering another irreverent outlook on life.” – Theatre Reviews North

“There is a slick confidence to the anarchy and surrealism… I recommend this piece very highly… The stage is a hive of activity… Strongly recommended.” – Reviewer Number 9

“Performance theatre on acid… It’s bloody brilliant.” – Honorary Manc

★★★★ “An extraordinary visual and aural spectacle, cinematic in scale, immensely entertaining… Easily the most surreal show I have ever seen.” – The Play’s The Thing

“The satirical elements might leave you pondering consumerism, or you may simply enjoy the madness of it all, which culminates in a loud, bright dance performance encapsulating the show’s ethos of ‘the world is going to shit, let’s celebrate.’ Who are we to argue with that?” – Starburst

“With its refreshing mix of high and low tech, plus an impressive exuberance, Kingdom is a mischievous and anarchic, sometimes baffling but often hilarious show.” – Northern Soul

“An hour-long energetic blast.” – Quays Life

GREC 2018 Festival de Barcelona / FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts / CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione del Friuli – Venezia Giulia / Teatro Stabile del Veneto – Teatro Nazionale / Manchester Home Theatre / Teatros del Canal / Teatre Lliure / Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles / Groningen Grand Theatre / Romaeuropa Festival.

Want to know more about Señor Serrano?

  • Running time: 60 mins (no interval)
  • This show features a mix of spoken languages including Spanish, English and Chinese. The whole show will have English surtitles
  • Contains strobe lighting & theatrical smoking on stage
  • £15 / conc. from £5