​The Dark Crystal: Odyssey

The Dark Crystal: Odyssey

Company Wayne McGregor

Direction and Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Creative consultants
Brian and Wendy Froud

Joel Cadbury

Jim Henson's Creature Shop


Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Philip Delamore

Face and Body Design
Alex Box

Uzma Hameed

Premiere date and venue
13 May 2023, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, UK

The Dark Crystal: Odyssey. A thousand years ago this land was green and good. Until the crystal cracked…

Based on Jim Henson’s iconic 1982 movie and featuring the startling performers of Company Wayne McGregor, The Dark Crystal: Odyssey is a new dance work for audiences of all generations, directed and choreographed by Wayne McGregor in association with The Jim Henson Company.

This magical coming-of-age story – the journey of a reluctant hero who must bring healing to his world - brings together a team of world-class collaborators with McGregor including artists Brian and Wendy Froud, composer Joel Cadbury, digital designers kontrastmoment, lighting designer Lucy Carter, dramaturg Uzma Hameed, costume designer Philip Delamore, face-and body-artist Alex Box, and puppets and props from The Jim Henson Company. Together they create a breathtaking, timeless myth of courage and self-sacrifice for all generations.

"Of all the amazing films I saw in my childhood, The Dark Crystal remains my EPIC go to. And now, to bring this fantastical adventure to the stage, not only with an incredible creative team but with pioneering artists Brian and Wendy Froud - the original film collaborators of the great Jim Henson - thunderstruck." - Wayne McGregor

For further information and to book tickets, please visit the Royal Opera House website.

A co-production between Studio Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet in association with The Jim Henson Company. Based on the original film entitled The Dark Crystal by Jim Henson.

Image: The Dark Crystal (1982) poster, artwork by Richard Amsel. Courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.