The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Holmstorm)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  11w, 13m

Bertolt Brecht, John Holmstorm

John Holmstorm's translation of Brecht's classic play which premiered at the RSC in 1962.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Holmstorm)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    11w, 13m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


In this adaptation of an old Chinese legend, a cruel town governor is murdered. His wife escapes but abandons her baby, who is harboured by a kitchen-maid, Grusha. Later the governor's widow returns and a trial is ordered with the test: which woman can drag the child out of a chalk circle? In refusing to harm the child by pulling it, Grusha is ruled to be the "true" mother.
Cast Attributes
  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance


Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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