Jean-Paul Sartre wrote 1943’s The Flies while living in Nazi-occupied Paris. Exchange Theatre, dedicated to bringing French theatre to British audiences, has given it a modern, multimedia pop opera twist for our times in their celebrated revival, now running at the Bunker Theatre. Check out our full gallery of production shots – and then get booking!
The Flies (Les Mouches), performed in both English and French alternatively, runs at London’s Bunker Theatre until 6 July 2019. Sartre’s rebellious 1943 play reimagines the Greek tragedy of Electra and her brother Orestes, intent on avenging their father’s murder in Argos, where the gods and their furies, The Flies, torment the living.
“The painful secret of Kings & Gods is that men are free.”
The production is directed by Exchange Theatre artistic director David Furlong, with video design by Jason Greenberg and Giuliana Pulcini, set design by Ninon Fandre, with Kevin Rowntree as associate director and movement consultant.
The bi-lingual, multi-cultural cast features Game of Thrones‘ Meena Rayann (as Electra), Samy Ekhatib (Orestes), Raul Fernandes, Juliet Dante, Jonathan Brandt, Soraya Spiers, Chris Runciman and Exchange Theatre co-founders David Furlong and Fanny Dulin. They’re joined onstage by Mauritian rock band Riot in Heaven.
Photography by Camille Dufrénoy.
The Flies runs from 11 June to 6 July 2019 at the Bunker Theatre, 53A Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are priced £10-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!