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Origins Award for Outstanding New Work - Winner

VAULT Festival Origins Award - Winner

BBC Writers Room Popcorn New Writing Award - Runner Up


Direct from a sell out Edinburgh Fringe, this is the untold and true story of how Bulgaria saved almost 50,000 Jewish citizens during World War II and how the world forgot all about it. With live folk music, this 'Hamilton-esque' (The Stage) story follows a bunch of underdogs as they stand up to Hitler.


This is a unique story in 20th century European history. The show, featuring Bulgarian and Jewish folk tunes performed live by an extraordinary ensemble of actor musicians, explores the suspicious circumstances of the last King of Bulgaria's demise, how 50,000 Jewish Bulgarian people were saved from deportation and death, and how the world forgot all about it. Prepare to be enthralled as the cast weaves a tale that delves deep into history, leaving spectators both informed and spellbound.


This spectacular new show from multi-award-winning ensemble-based Out of the Forest Theatre company took the Edinburgh Fringe 2023 by storm, with a sell out run and a host of 4 & 5 star reviews. Out of the Forest take misremembered or forgotten stories from history, set them to folk music, and use them as a lens to better understand today. Irreverently presented, knee-slapping, historical theatre with a modern revisionist twist.


'Whether a jazz fan, a history buff or just someone who loves gripping real-life stories, this is a must see.' Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Boris III's Grandson


Supported by the Pleasance Theatre, Prince Kyril of Saxe-Coburg and Katharine Butler, The Production Exchange, Arts Council England, the BAAS award, The Bulgarian Embassy in London.


The Brief Life and Mysterious Death of Boris III, King of Bulgaria transfers to London's Arcola Theatre from September 2023. Please contact us for tickets.

'Razor-sharp wit and faultless timing.'

★★★★★ The Scotsman


'Snappily written, wittily performed'

★★★★ The Guardian


'Shakespearean richness'

★★★★★ Three Weeks


'A spoonful of satire, a dash of revisionism, and a whole lot of black humour.'

★★★★★ Broadway World


'Historically poignant and hysterically funny'

★★★★★ West End Best Friend


'A perfectly paced, witty and inventive retelling of history'

★★★★★ Theatre Bubble


'Everything a piece of theatre should be'

★★★★★ The Brig


'An important piece of work'

★★★★★ Upper Circle

'Politics [is] theatre and theatre is politics.'

★★★★★ Mind The Blog


'Verve and bittersweet comic flair.'

★★★★★ Fringe Guru


'They turn a complex episode of European history into an enjoyable and irresistible piece of theatre.'

★★★★★ British Theatre Dot Com


'A blinder of a production'

★★★★1/2 The Quintessential Review


'Resoundingly fun, engaging and melodic'

★★★★ Corr Blimey


'A sheer delight'

★★★★ Culture Fix



★★★★ North West End

Key Info


March - May & September - November 2024

Available for

Single nights, split weeks



Running Time

1h20 (no interval)


Company size




A guarantee against net box office, with no contras and no get out charges

See the Show


26th September - 21st October



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