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The Rehearsal archiveThe Count, better known as Tiger, is famous for his spectacular parties. In three days' time, in his elegant French chateau, his guests are to be treated to an evening of amateur dramatics, complete with lavish Louis XV costumes. The glamorous cast includes Tiger's mistress, his wife, her lover, and Lucile, the beautiful young governess who looks after the chateau's twelve resident orphans. But as soon as rehearsals begin it's clear that this eighteenth-century play will unleash just as much passion, shock and intrigue off stage as it will on. Soon it's hard to know when the scheming twentieth-century cast are acting and when they're not. Written in 1950, Anouilh's savagely funny and devilishly clever comedy is a searing exposure of the characters we adopt, the truths we conceal and the secret roles we most passionately want to play. At its heart is a profound question: what is want to play. At its heart is a profound question: what is performance, and why do we need it?

Author Jean Anouilh. Translation Jeremy Sams.

Archive listings for The Rehearsal

Work type: Play.


Corporate Sponsor Conciair. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Jeremy Sams. Design William Dudley. Lighting Tim Mitchell. Sound Fergus O'Hare. Director Gabrielle Dawes (casting). Performer Edward Bennett (Hero). Performer Niamh Cusack (The Countess). Performer Jamie Glover (The Count). Performer Katherine Kingsley (Hortensia). Performer Joseph Arkley (Villebosse). Performer Gabrielle Dempsey (Lucile). Performer Simon Dutton (Damiens). Performer Ben Lydon (Valet).
8 May 15 to 13 Jun 15Minerva Theatre, Chichester :: V1310317653
listing details L0311816024


Director Elisabet Sevholt.
2 May 97 to 24 May 97Playhouse, Salisbury :: V923
listing details L911072786
1 Feb 97 to 8 Feb 97Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
listing details L1124709437

Other listings

7 Nov 00 to 11 Nov 00Putney Arts Theatre, Outer London :: V363
listing details L01434143049

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