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En garde for the French revolution in theatre (and I don’t just mean Florian Zeller)

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I recently wrote about super-hot French playwright Florian Zeller’s London hat trick – with The Father, The Mother and, still running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Truth. As I sat down to catch up on my Theatre Diary of other plays I’ve seen recently, however, I realised London’s theatre landscape is going Gallic for far more than Zeller. In the West End alone at the moment, you can catch three heavyweight French offerings, even if you don’t realise it. All three have been given modern English-language makeovers and relocations.

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NEWS: Donmar premieres Nick Payne Elegy, revives Brian Friel and Jean Anouilh

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Artistic Director Josie Rourke today announces a new Spring Season of three plays which includes: Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, a new version of Jean Anouilh’s Le Voyageur Sans Bagage by Anthony Weigh, directed by Blanche McIntyre; a world premiere of a new play by Nick Payne, Elegy, directed by Josie Rourke; and a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee.

THE REHEARSAL – Chichester Festival

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Sixty or so years ago, Jean Anouilh’s works were popular enough for the BBC to broadcast a recording of him reading one of his plays in the original French. These days he’s hardly a household name, but he still maintains enough popularity for his work to be
readily revisited. Chichester Festival Theatre have regularly produced productions of his plays and this translation, by Jeremy Sams who also directs, was originally put together for a production at the Almeida Theatre way back in 1990.