The Lesson archiveAbsurdist teacher/pupil relationship. In this power-play of verbal dominance, an old professor finds youth in a new pupil.


Author: Eugene Ionesco
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Archive listings for The Lesson

Work type: Play. There are performances of this work in the listings (current and future) database, see The Lesson


Company Icarus Theatre Productions. Director Max Lewendel. Producer Dylan Frankland (senior producer). Producer Isabelle Hayden. Producer Ciara Wynne. Design Christopher Hone. Costume Isabella Van Braeckel. Sound Matt Downing. Lighting Stevie Carty. Design Ben Glover (projection designer). Director Romane Caye (assistant). Performer Hazel Caulfield. Performer Jerome Ngonadi. Performer Julie Stark.
29 Jun 22 to 23 Jul 22Southwark Playhouse, Inner London :: V226
listing details L01600666362


More than 50 years since its UK premiere , Eugene Ionesco's dark comic-drama still packs one hell of a punch. The French playwright's radical views on education, life and death are laced through this funny, disturbing and gripping look at the tyrannical nature of power, the dangers of enforced education and how words can be used as weapons. With broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, THE LESSON is a theatrical experience you will never forget.Producer Benjamin Alborough. Producer Cas Hodges (for the Hope Theatre). Translation Donald Watson. Translation Donald Watson. Director Matthew Parker.
25 Sep 18 to 13 Oct 18The Hope Theatre, Inner London :: V0719079091
listing details L0253446084


Director Gary Sefton. Performer Stuart Angell. Performer Hollie Crisp. Performer Emma Kilbey..
28 Sep 15 to 2 Oct 15The Other Palace, Inner London :: V806511856
listing details L2059729697


Company Verse Unbound. Director Audrey Guo. Stage ManagerSarah Trim-West. Design Frances Jialu Chen. Design Audrey HongYuan Guo. Lighting Tan Hua. Design E Zhang (graphic design). Performer Kelly Blaze. Performer Roslyn Hill. Performer Toby Osmond.
22 Sep 15 to 26 Sep 15Drayton Arms Theatre, Inner London :: V0952168700
listing details L01614937697


Company Peterborough Mask Theatre.
1 Dec 09 to 3 Dec 09Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
listing details L0778927084


Company Benchtours.
25 Oct 08Lemon Tree, Aberdeen :: V587
listing details L351951083
15 Oct 08 to 18 Oct 08The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
listing details L473722573
4 Oct 08Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh :: V633
listing details L0877146600


Company Blakehay Actors Company. Performer Frances Iles (The Maid). Performer Rebecca Fuller (The Pupil). Performer Robert Iles (The Professor).
13 Dec 07 to 15 Dec 07The Blakehay, Weston-super-Mare :: V01754281771
listing details L1905092298


Icarus twists the text, using the same words to show the invasion of capitalism and greed into the hearts and minds of our society today.Producer Kurban Kassam. Producer Evangelina Koutoumani (associate producer). Company Icarus Theatre Company. Director Max Lewendel. Design Christopher Hone. Costume Christina Stergios. Sound Matt Downing. Lighting Matthew Newbury. Performer John Eastman (Professor). Performer Cara Horgan (Pupil). Performer Beth Newbury (Marie).
14 Nov 07Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham :: V438
listing details L1923835173
10 Nov 07Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
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18 Oct 07Plaza Theatre, Stockport :: V0766695186
listing details L498774665
16 Oct 07Corn Exchange, Newbury :: V732
listing details L1946474403
9 Oct 07Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V752
listing details L01255153098
5 Oct 07Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester :: V1068
listing details L0318596738
2 Oct 07Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton :: V01603938282
listing details L1787729616
11 Sep 07 to 30 Sep 07Old Red Lion, Inner London :: V216
listing details L813248594
16 Aug 07 to 27 Aug 07Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh :: V01847651945
listing details L76402031


Company Icarus Theatre Collective. Translation Donald Watson. Director Max Lewendel.
17 Oct 07Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham :: V89
listing details L2092218126
10 Oct 07 to 11 Oct 07Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells :: V691
listing details L0585036265


Adapted by Mike Bartlett. Director Lyndsey Turner. Performer Louise Bangay. Performer Fiona Button. Performer Michael Gould.
6 Jun 07 to 9 Jun 07Arcola, Inner London :: V1422226940
listing details L365181200


Please note there is an act of violence at the end of the play.Company Icarus Theatre Collective.
17 May 07 to 18 May 07South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L02081401368
16 May 07West Wing, Slough :: V01067537399
listing details L02129880830
11 May 07 to 12 May 07Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
listing details L0962221461


Director Roberto Campagnolo. Performer Piers Peteira. Performer Simon Phillips. Performer Rita Rammani. Performer Ioanna Danezi.
24 Apr 07 to 28 Apr 07The Hen and Chickens Theatre, Inner London :: V234
listing details L0250436690


Company Not Applicable Theatre Company. Director Arnaud Mugglestone.
20 Feb 07 to 25 Feb 07White Bear, Inner London :: V256
listing details L208492831


Company Lucky Strike Productions. Director Roberto Argenti.
27 Sep 05 to 2 Oct 05Etcetera Theatre, Inner London :: V198
listing details L01420135636


Company Icarus Theatre Company. Director Max Lewendel. Performer John Eastman (Professor). Performer Cara Horgan (Pupil). Performer Beth Newbery (Marie).
10 Feb 04 to 29 Feb 04Etcetera Theatre, Inner London :: V198
listing details L34138684


Company Group 56.
18 Feb 04 to 21 Feb 04Camden People's Theatre, Outer London :: V176
listing details L01141250355


Company Fragile Theatre.
19 Feb 04 to 21 Feb 04Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L594550151


Company Innerroom Theatre Company. Director Andy Burden. Performer John Nicholson. Performer Ashley Christmas. Performer Dawn Burden.
15 Nov 01 to 17 Nov 01The Rondo, Bath :: V855
listing details L01099553113


Translation Donald Watson. Company Theatre Magenta. Director Janet Gill. Performer James Ward. Performer Andrea Donachie. Performer Janet Gill.
25 Aug 98 to 6 Sep 98Barons Court Theatre, Inner London :: V169
listing details L1904102134
11 Aug 97 to 15 Aug 97The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
listing details L1102271311

Other listings

8 Oct 08Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
listing details L0855996433
12 Oct 07The Maltings Theatre (formely Maltings Arts Centre), St Albans :: V52
listing details L01675401811
2 Feb 99 to 6 Feb 99South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L1332430328
2 Feb 99 to 6 Feb 99South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L1446221480

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