The Turk by Michael Sabbaton

The Turk
Surrounded by well-travelled packing crates and empty wine bottles, a drunken and dying Johann Nepomuk Maelzel revisits scenes from his life, losses and adventures with the amazing, chess playing automaton known as, The Turk.

1838. Interior. Ships Cabin. Night.

Fuelled with alcohol and yellow fevered madness, Maelzel and The Turk explore the sacrifice of the showman, the promise of the engineer and the passion of the dreamer against a philosophical backdrop of life, love, cognition and existence...

The Turk is a brand new one-man-show from Writer and Actor Michael Sabbaton, based on the true story of The Mechanical Turk - the famous 18th century, chess playing automaton that wowed audiences and influenced great thinkers all around the world for over eighty years...

A compelling dark drama with humour, music and song too. 

Contains some strong language.

Audience Comments on The Turk

Michael Sabbaton's performance in The Turk is mesmerising. Imaginative and creative. Wonderful stuff! Audience Member

Enthralling performance and fascinating story of man and machine – highly recommend! Go and see! Audience Member

On Past Sabbaton Shows

‘Sabbaton has the audience hanging on every word’ What’s On Live

‘Sabbaton conveys the staggering ambition of the original text with an added degree of psychological depth’ What’s on Stage


Supported by The Arts Council of England and Co-Produced with Harrogate Theatre. For more details click here.


The Turk by Michael Sabbaton

Tags: Drama, February,


Second Space


24 January


£11 (£9 under 26)

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