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We regret...

It is with regret that we have to announce that our production of The Satyricon has been postponed indefinitely.

Although we had a provisional date for opening in November, the continuing uncertainty over when theatres may reopen, plus the difficulties of rehearsing a physical piece where social distancing is impossible, has led us to the conclusion that we cannot fulfil this premiere date. It would be unfair to commit our cast to the production indefinitely so we have come to the difficult conclusion to postpone at this time.

All supporters and donors should receive an email detailing the return of any donations. If you did not receive this email please do get in touch with us directly on If you bought a ticket, contact the box office (0131 529 6000) for a refund - there may be a delay; contact us if there is any problem.

Meanwhile Arbery Productions is producing weekly podcasts of audio drama and fiction. The 15-30 minute episodes (occasionally longer) are available to download from Podbean to listen to at your convenience. You will also find them on Apple, Google and Youtube.

We would like to thank you everyone who has worked hard on this production and all those who have given their support; we look forward to entertaining you live in the future. Meanwhile, we will maintain this website as a source of information and inspiration based on Gaius Petronius' immortal masterpiece.

"Two thousand years from now people will look back on us
and maybe they'll be appalled by what we said and did - or maybe they'll laugh
or maybe they'll just wonder at the complexity of human relationships."

Encolpius, Ascyltos and Giton are three young men footloose in the Roman Empire. With narrator Gaius Petronius as their guide and a cantankerous group of Actors who take on various roles, the trio find themselves at the heart of adventures of seduction, deception, love, thievery, violence and more.

Step back into the past while keeping one foot in the present as you enter this comedy of words and action. Be prepared for a picaresque tale that is funny and thought-provoking, uncomfortable and tragic, satiric and satyric. View sexual relations from the Roman perspective - and view the Roman perspective from today. Remind yourself that actors have a life beyond the stage - and that some lives never end. All this and more in the fast and funny, filthy and philosophical play that is The Satyricon.

While you wait for the show to open, why not follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where we're telling the story in bite-size episodes - and adding in occasional sideways glances at life in Roman times and today.

Due to strong language and frequent sexual preferences, the audience is limited to 16 years and older.

Meet the cast

No one is an island

In these difficult times, some of the cast and crew of The Satyricon created this short video with the words of poet John Donne.

We're starting to Make History

A short film from early rehearsals. In the first clip a group of citizens think they are in the presence of a legendary hero. In the second clip Encolpius and Ascyltos argue over the limits of their friendship - their language is not exactly decorous.

Podcasts from our production team

The above is a sample from Arbery Drama and Fiction, Old and New: 15 - 30 minute podcasts available on
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