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?


Edward Bennett (Hero), Niamh Cusack (The Countess), Jamie Glover (The Count), Katherine Kingsley (Hortensia), Joseph Arkley (Villebosse), Gabrielle Dempsey (Lucile), Simon Dutton (Damiens), Ben Lydon (Valet)


Author: Jean Anouilh
Translation: Jeremy Sams
Corporate Sponsor: Conciair
Producer: Chichester Festival Theatre
Director(s): Jeremy Sams, Gabrielle Dawes (casting)
Design: William Dudley
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Sound: Fergus O'Hare
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The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1134691039. Details of all The Rehearsal archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4742

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