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Festen archiveIn Festen, patriarch Helge Klingenfelt is celebrating his 60th birthday with his family at a magnificent old hotel in the Danish countryside. Gathered together are his loyal wife Elsa, his daughter Helene, and sons Christian and Michael. As the evening progresses, Christian feels compelled to break the silence surrounding a dark family secret. The effect is explosive and sets the tone for a celebration no-one will forget.
Performers Paul Nicholls (Christian), Carol Royle (Poul), Andrew Maud (Lars), Stephen Moore (Helge), Patrick Robinson (Gbatokai), Claire Rushbrook (Helene), Michael Thomas (Helmut).
Author Thomas Vinterberg. Author Mogens Rukov. Producer Marla Rubin. Producer Bill Kenwright. Director Rufus Norris. Design Ian MacNeil. Costume Joan Wadge. Lighting Jean Kalman. Sound Paul Arditti. Music Orland Gough.


Festen (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01435028367. Details of all Festen archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1067235414

Archive Listings

15 Sep 04
16 Apr 05
Lyric Theatre
West End
Greater London

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User Reviews

USER (15Jan05): An almost perfect night of theatre, some confusing text but overall wonderfully acted and beautifully designed
USER (20Oct04): Worth watching.Generally well acted, well directed.Despite the seriousness of the subject,Festen is full of humour.The pace varies interestingly.
USER (13Oct04): a horrible play with nasty sexist rascist themes that go from bad to worse, dont waste your money
USER (24Sep04): The performances of "Christian" and many others are second to none, well directed and obviously well thought out this is a play to take away with you.
USER (24Sep04): The West End deserves more truly great contomporary theatre like this. Wonderfully adapted, wonderfully produced and wonderfully acted. Touching and thought provoking, Festen needs the great success it has clearly earnt.

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