Multi award-winning British experimental troupe Theatre de Complicite, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, returns to London this week with its new piece, The Elephant Vanishes. Premiered in Japan last month, the co-production with Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theatre plays at the Barbican Centre from 26 June to 6 July 2003 as part of BITE:03.

The Elephant Vanishes is based on the collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami, one of Japan's leading contemporary novelists whose international bestsellers include Norwegian Wood, Wind Up Bird Chronicle, A Wild Sheep Chase and After the Quake.

The stage version of The Elephant Vanishes is directed by Complicite artistic director Simon McBurney and designed by Michael Levine with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Christopher Shutt. It's performed in Japanese with English surtitles.

Complicite was founded in 1983 by McBurney with Annabel Arden, Marcello Magni and Fiona Gordon. It operates as an evolving ensemble of performers and collaborators, whose work ranges from entirely devised pieces to adaptations and revivals of classic texts. Its many award-winning productions have included Anything for a Quiet Life, The Visit, The Winter's Tale, The Chairs, The Street of Crocodiles, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Light and Mnemonic, which is revived earlier this year in a sell-out run at London's Riverside Studios.

- by Terri Paddock