64 Squares

Rhum and Clay return to New Diorama with their acclaimed adaptation of Stefan Zweig's The Royal Game: a one man show performed by three actors and a drummer.

'You might have noticed there are four of me. Don't worry. You'll get used to it. I have.'

Welcome to B's mind. B's got some memories he wants to share with you. He wants to tell you about how he ended up on a cruise ship, playing chess against the current world chess champion. He wants to tell you all about his life and the choices he's made. The problem? He's been split into four and can't remember what happened.

Accompanied by a live jazz percussive score, 64 Squares is a tale of madness, memory and chess.

This production is supported by New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 


Rhum and Clay Theatre Company is an ensemble that shares stories in mischievous and surprising ways: original shows that are inventive, ramshackle and cinematic.

They formed the company at l’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where they learnt their craft. They would also spend long hours into the night drinking rhum and making masks out of clay. It was these happy memories that inspired the name under which the company perform.

Alongside creating theatre productions, they collaborate with young people and the next generation of theatre makers through their popular workshop programme.


★★★★ "Rhum and Clay have come of age ... beautifully put together, intelligent and moodily atmospheric" The Guardian

★★★★ “This was weird and wonderful theatre performed with inch-perfect precision ... the rustle of audience awe was lovely” The Observer


★★★★ “The company... are energetic, ingenious with their movement, funny and the story is told with a fresh vigour.” Time Out 


★★★★ “This is a company of consummate storytellers whose craft, energy and commitment leaves you feeling exhausted and marvelling at their skills. British Theatre Guide


★★★★ “The thrill of 64 Squares lies foremost in the intellectual and formal structures and it is a crystalline work of stagecraft.” The List