More on the 1978 Seattle stage production of Illuminatus!

Poster from the Seattle stage production of Illuminatus!, 1978. Courtesy of Iona Miller.

In a recent Historia Discordia post we mentioned the London stage production of Ken Campbell and Chris Langham’s famed Illuminatus! as well as the duo’s lesser known Seattle production.

Shortly afterwards, visual artist, psychedelic chronicler and all around multimedia magus Iona Miller posted the following images to my facebook page of which she has agreed to share here.

Though not the crispest images, they document the Illuminatus! Seattle production in all its chaotic grandeur.

As I learned from Iona, the Seattle stage production took place at The Empty Space Uncommon Theatre in 1978. At this link is a listing of The Empty Space Uncommon Theatre productions for 1978/79, listing Illuminatus! in three parts. Also listed were a couple other Ken Campbell productions with such interesting titles as Skungpoomery and Psychosis Unclassified.

Promotional poster for the Seattle stage production of Illuminatus!, 1978. Courtesy of Iona Miller.

In the promotion poster below, British Sci-Fi author Brian Aldis had this to say about the Illuminatus! play:

“Nobody is going to believe this… I can’t recall ever sitting in a theatre sweating with suspense while laughing my head off…. here is Genius with a Gee!”

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4 Responses to More on the 1978 Seattle stage production of Illuminatus!

  1. Darren Tayloe says:

    Let’s all get together and turn this into the ultimate epic blockbuster unbreakable record-breaking megahit!

  2. Tim Cridland says:

    I have just discovered that RAW was pied in the face at The Comet Tavern across the street from The Empty Face. I spent a lot of the late 80s in The Comet and had not idea that this happened there until recently.

  3. Thanks for the RAW pie in the face story, Tim!

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