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VenueLyric Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From15th September 2004
Opened23rd September 2004
To16th April 2005
WhenMon-Sat 20:00. Wed Mat 15:00. Sat Mat 16:00
PricesFrom £12.50. To £40.00.
What is currently on at Lyric Theatre (V399)


In 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.
Author Thomas Vinterberg
Author Mogens Rukov

Archive :: production:T01435028367, play:S1067235414, venue:V399

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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.


Producer Marla Rubin
Producer Bill Kenwright
Director Rufus Norris
Design Ian MacNeil
Costume Joan Wadge
Lighting Jean Kalman
Sound Paul Arditti
Music Orland Gough
Performer Paul Nicholls (Christian)
Performer Carol Royle (Poul)
Performer Andrew Maud (Lars)
Performer Stephen Moore (Helge)
Performer Patrick Robinson (Gbatokai)
Performer Claire Rushbrook (Helene)
Performer Michael Thomas (Helmut)

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