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The Trial of Marie Antoinette
On from 25 Feb 2009 till 14 Mar 2009
Tabard Theatre
by Peter Langford
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

About: The Trial of Marie Antoinette

Paris. 1773. The King is dead, and the revolution is entering its most chaotic, terrifying phase. In a medieval prison, Marie Antoinette awaits trial before her people for the crime of being Queen.

‘The Trial of Marie Antoinette is the story of the downfall of one of histories most infamous women, going beyond the image of the ‘let them eat cake’ Queen to examine the truth behind her lie and her downfall, and understand Marie Antoinette as a human rather than icon. They play considers how new political idea and the hatred of the people became so powerful that Marie Antoinette had to die. Based on extensive research and historical records, this play is the first in English to put the trial on stage. With a cast of 11 and an epic sweep, ‘The Trial of Marie Antoinette’ will bring the turbulent times of the French Revolution to life at the Tabard Theatre.

Book now for this exciting and audacious new play by Peter Langdon.

To book tickets online follow this link –
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=calendar&venue=tabardtheatre

Reviews

Stars – ***** 5/5

Ricmond and Twickenham Times – Richard Langton

11:25am Tuesday 3rd March 2009

The Trial of Marie Antoinette by Peter Langdon, the Tabard Theatre This is as fine a new play as I have seen for many a year and the enthusiastic reception it was accorded as the lights were raised confirmed my view.

It is a historical play as the title states, about a woman hated, and vilified, with a whole country screaming for her blood, and the courage and dignity with which she faced this ordeal.

As Marie Antoinette, Julie Tallis gives a fine performance, an enthralling mix of fire and steel and although I have not enough knowledge to decide whether history has been unfair to her, only a heart of stone could not but agree that the harsh judgement against her was unwarranted.

The author, who specialises in historical plays, tells us in the programme that the remark “let them eat cake” which was done so much to establish her unfeeling reputation was in fact made years previously by a man.

Her gaolers, traducers from the Paris streets and her impossibly handicapped defending counsel are vividly brought to life as the play unfolds, and James Hayward as Fouquier her prosecuting counsel is a study in evil cynicism.

The cast of eleven is a large one on the Tabard stage small but the director and author, Peter Longdon manages to make it uncrowded and swift-flowing.

I do wholeheartedly recommend it, particularly to anyone who enjoyed either the play or film A Man For All Seasons, which told a not dissimilar tale.

I think it most likely that a lot more will be heard of this play and the Tabard are to be congratulated on arranging its first London showing.

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