The Robbers

An overnight sensation at its premiere, the debut play that propelled Schiller to stardom remains a fierce, fast and furious exploration of modern masculinity.

Franz is a cold, ruthless manipulator living his life in the shadows, now embarking on a quest for power. Karl is an attractive, charismatic rebel, hiding out in the forest with a band of mercenaries, duped into inciting an anarchic revolution. They couldn’t be more different, yet these two brothers are locked in a dangerous competition for their father’s love and vast inheritance.

The Faction won the 2011 Peter Brook / Equity Ensemble Award for this shocking and relevant play tackling violence, class, religion, civil liberties and state intervention. The production returns to the New Diorama, closing the Rep Season 2014.


The Faction are a New Diorama Associate Company. This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund. 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Production Image by Richard Davenport.


The Faction are a young company who breathe new life into modern texts and stage them in an energetic, invigorating and often intense way. Winners of the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award, 2011, with New Diorama for their production of The Robbers and their ambitious NDT Rep Seasons, and recent winners of the Off-West End Best Ensemble Award 2013.


"Plenty of depth and nuance, skillfully unpacked here by the rather wonderful The Faction."
★★★★ Critics' Choice, Time Out on Mary Stuart