The Encounter at Golden Theatre tickets
The Encounter at Golden Theatre tickets

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About the show

You will never see another show like The Encounter, which combines state-of-the-art audio technology with a bravura solo performance from Simon McBurney to create a truly immersive experience at the Golden Theatre.

Each seat is equipped with headphones that must be worn throughout the show, which may seem strange at first but is essential for receiving the full impact of this innovative production. Throughout the show, a real-time soundscape is created – much of it by McBurney himself – that is at times disorientating, at times intriguing, and always surprising.

Inspired by Petru Popescu’s book Amazon Beaming, the story - told in a completely non-traditional fashion - re-tells the story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, who in 1969 found himself lost in the remote Javari Valley in Brazil and had a life-changing encounter with the indigenous tribal people of the region. In telling this story, McBurney brings some startling questions about consciousness, community and modern life into focus.

This unique, once-in-a-generation show, from renowned British company Complicité, has enjoyed a whirlwind tour of the world since 2015 and is now ready to open the minds of a whole new audience at the Golden Theatre.

Recommended for

Anyone interested in truly unique theatre and shows that push technical boundaries to create immersive experiences.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (no intermission)
Opened: 20 Sep 2016
Press night: 29 Sep 2019
Booking from: 20 Sep 2016
Booking until: 08 Jan 2017

Location and map

Golden Theatre
252 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

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