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Part of the Playground's Pick of the Fringe

PICASSO: Le Monstre Sacré

Sunday 1st September | 10am to 8pm
Sunday 15th September |10am to 8pm
Sunday 22nd September | 10am to 8pm

Peter Tate as Picasso

Co-Adapted by Peter Tate and Guy Masterson from the original work by Terry d'Alfonso

Directed by Guy Masterson

Poduction Manager Helena Hipólito

Set Design by Eirini Kariori

Actors on screen:  

Milena Vukotic (Olga); Margot Sikabonyi (Marie-Terese); Claudia Godi (Geneviev Laporte); Sandra Collodel (Dora Maar)

Photos by NUX Photography by Brigitta Scholz Mastroianni
Poster Image by Gail Hadani


"Tate fills the space in an exceptional reincarnation of Picasso. Tate more than deserves any accolade he receives. Combining a whole range of emotions, wit, pathos, sensuality, humour, and what a mover! Such a production restores one’s faith in theatre and I agree with the many comments I heard exiting the show: "marvellous, brilliant, enthralling".

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ British Theatre Guide

"Portrayed by Peter Tate with such emotional intensity, he reveals what a vulnerable soul Picasso was behind his deceptive mask of privacy. Reflecting on all these broken relationships, we perhaps glimpse a glimmer of remorse through this intimate close up of a fractured, weeping man in his own Cubist mode.

With the use of imaginative, flash-back film sequences, poetry and music, Guy Masterson choreographs the rhythmic pace of the dramatic narrative like a lyrical dance. (...) this visionary, intelligent portrait is an artistic and theatrical masterpiece."

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Guide

"Another Guy Masterson production comes to Edinburgh and certainly does not disappoint. Peter Tate is mesmerising as Picasso in this one man tour de force. ...A fabulous performance and a fabulous play"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ One4Review

"Tate certainly hypnotises his audiences, often making direct eye contact with a look that burns into your soul and is both seductive and shocking... just like the artist. But he is also subservient, coy and angry as he becomes his women, giving us a well-rounded view of a life audiences are left to judge."

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ UK Theatre Network

"Peter Tate makes an intense Picasso, his performance utterly committed and unflinching. Guy Masterson knows how to stage an evocative show, unsurprisingly, and the pared down set consisting of a white sheet hung in an encapsulating semi-circle, a ragged pillow, and a step-ladder certainly focusses attention. It provides a canvas for projected films conjuring Picasso’s various amours as his mind turns from one to the next. Tate is magnificent, his voice a thing of beauty."

★ ★ ★ ★ Quintessential Review

★ ★ ★ ★ North West End

★ ★ ★ ★ Culture Fix

★ ★ ★ ★ ReviewsHub

★ ★ ★ ★ The UpComing

A visceral, uncompromising portrait of Pablo Picasso 50 years after his death…

Undisputed genius, visionary artist, yet Picasso’s obsession often destroyed those he professed to love….

Brilliantly incarnated by Peter Tate, in a challenging, powerful, intelligent study, Picasso passionately defends his reputation.

It’s an explosive, deeply passionate voyage of self-revelation, leaving the audience as his jury… Should we condemn or forgive?


Peter Tate as Picasso

British actor Peter Tate was trained at Weber Douglas in London, and with Stella Adler in New York, where he began his career. Credits there included The Bacchae on Broadway directed by Michael Cacoyannis and Richard III with The American Shakespeare Company.

Returning to London he played a leading role opposite Alan Bates in Yonadab by Peter Shaffer, directed by Peter Hall at The National Theatre. He was Invited by the Actor's Studio NYC to play the co-lead, Prince Felix Yusopov, opposite Peter Stomare, then Bergman's leading actor, in Rasputnin.

More recent highlights include playing Macbeth in Poland with the acclaimed Polish director Henry Baronowski, Tabloid Caligula at the Arcola and 59E59th st, American Justice at The Arts (West End) and Babylone at The Belgrade Coventry.

At The Playground Theatre he recently played Shylock in A Merchant of Venice directed by Bill Alexander, Paradise Circus directed by Anthony Biggs and the opening production Picasso directed by Michael Hunt. His own play One Man premiered last spring as part of the Love and Destruction evening and has just recently competed filming.

Tate has won numerous awards for his stage version of Odd Man Out in Jerusalem, St Petersburg and Wroclaw to name a few. The Film adaptation of Odd Man Out has garnered Tate numerous best actor awards at International film festivals.

Guy Masterson

Director | Dramaturg

LAMDA & UCLA trained, and actor, director, writer and producer of 40+ years. A 27 year veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe, he has presented over 150 plays and is associated with many of its biggest hits. He has performed 11 solo plays including Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, Shylock and A Christmas Carol, and has given over 5000 solo performances globally since 1992.

He won The Stage Best Actor Award in 2001 for Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas and has received a further 4 nominations for his solo work. He has also directed 27 solos including the 2010 Olivier winning Morecambe. Most recently, he directed the Olivier nominated West End hit, The Shark Is Broken which has opened on Broadway on August 10. He is married to Brigitta and father to Indigo and Tallulah.

Eirini Kariori

Set & Costume Design

Eirina Kariori is a designer and maker for theatre and performance, trained at London College of Fashion (UAL). Eirini has worked with designer Rhea Thierstein (Swarovski window display Vienna), costume designer Fotini Dimou (New Jibla, National Theatre of Kuwait) and wearable art designer Erevos Aether. She has collaborated numerous times with Theatre Lab Company, as Milliner/Assistant Designer for Six Nights on the Acropolis (Hellenic Centre), Set and Costume designer for the OFF COMM nominated for Best Production Great Expectations (The Playground Theatre), visual designer and editor for the online mini-series Love Letters, Mrs X and Lord Byron-the Great Philhellene.

Helena Hipólito

Production Manager

Helena is a devised theatre maker, performer and producer with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Professional Practice, at the University of Bedfordshire.

She has produced and created theatre in Portugal since 2008, including a theatre festival from 2009-2014 in collaboration with Lisbon-based company - Artistas Unidos. Helena moved to the UK in 2015 to complete her training in devised theatre and small-scale production. Her work is mainly about language in performance and presenting the work of Portuguese-speaking artists and Portuguese culture. In the UK, Helena has presented Plan B: a play about a ridiculous man(2018) and Tales of Gin and Tonic (2021).

Helena is currently the General Manager at The Playground Theatre, London.

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