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On from 14 Feb 2013 till 16 Feb 2013
by Eugene Ionesco
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £25 - £35

About: Rhinoceros

One by one, Bérenger's friends and neighbours are turning into rhinoceroses, leaving him increasingly isolated but resolutely defiant.

In this remarkable staging, a sleepy village transforms into a terrifying wasteland populated by thirteen actors whose movements reveal a frightening metamorphosis.

Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinocéros is one of the major Absurdist plays of the 20th century. As compelling as ever, it warns against totalitarianism and the destructive power of the collective. Théâtre de la Ville’s production has wowed critics and audiences across France and the USA with its spectacular set and gripping performances.

'This staging is a masterpiece. There is a magic embrace between the show and the spectator.' Le Monde

Part of our Dancing around Duchamp season

110 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+

Performed in French with English surtitles

15 Feb
Post-show talk with members of the company
Free to same-day ticket holders

By Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
Assitant director Christophe Lemaire
Set and lighting design by Yves Collet
Music by Jefferson Lembeye
Costumes by Corinne Baudelot with Elisabeth Cerqueira
Make up by Catherine Nicolas
Accessories by Clémentine Aguettant

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Weekendend Lab: Staging the Absurd
16 & 17 Feb
A two-day workshop with members of Théâtre de la Ville


'This absurdist tale's horror shakes the foundation. A smart, sleek production.' LA Times

'A grandly scaled production that easily fills the stage. Demarcy-Mota's staging marshals a host of stylish theatrical effects.' New York Times

'Disquieting and burlesque, the play has been brilliantly staged by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota.' L'Express

'In Demarcy-Mota's inventive and clever direction, the text finds resonances with today's world.' Figaroscope

'Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota addresses Ionesco with a freshness and relevance that transforms the anti-totalitarian pamphlet into an eternal allegory of horror.' Le Point

'Very well done and very effective.' Liberation

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