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Leaving
On from 19 Sep 2008 till 13 Dec 2008
Orange Tree Theatre
by Vaclav Havel
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama, Comedy

About: Leaving

Chancellor Rieger is leaving office. But does leaving office necessarily mean that he, his “long-time companion” and his extended family, have to leave the state villa, which has been their home for years?

While his former secretary, and the former secretary to his former secretary, grapple with the mechanics of change and his family prepare to face an uncertain future, the Chancellor himself considers his legacy amidst visits from journalists, an infatuated student and deputy minister Klein.

The play which, which has echoes of both King Lear and The Cherry Orchard, addresses the themes of change, dispossession and the passage of power from one generation to the next amidst the chaos of leaving.

Reviews

The Sunday Times
'Deeply serious and thrillingly funny play'
'It pulsates with self-mocking irony'
'A hilarious send-up of politics and of the theatre'
'A humane and sophisticated intelligence... Sam Walters and his actors respond to it with all the dedication it deserves'

The Guardian
'An exuberantly mordent farce'
'Frantic energy...Sam Walters' Hellzapoppin-style production'

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