The Lesson at The Hope Theatre

Tuesday 4 September 2018

London Fringe - Shows

Eugen Ionseco's dark comic-drama, The Lesson, gets an airing as The Hope Theatre's seventh in-house production, directed by Matthew Parker.
The Lesson at Hope Theatre

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Presented by the producer-director team that brought Lovesong Of The Electric Bear (winner of 2 Off West End Awards 2016) and the world premiere Foul Pages to he stage, Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson will be The Hope Theatre's seventh in-house production.

Directed by The Hope's award-winning artistic director, Matthew Parker, the show will play from 25 September to 13 October 2018.

The full cast and creative team have now been announced.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Alborough has a career spanning 40+ years and takes on the role of The Professor.

Mr Alborough has appeared in various West End musicals including Buddy and Annie Get Your Gun and on screen in Eastenders, Silent Witness and, most recently, Patrick Melrose.

Playing The Maid is Joan Potter who previously appeared at The Hope in Summer Showers.

She trained at Drama Studio London and recently appeared in The Balcony by Get Over It Productions.

Playing The Pupil is Sheetal Kapoor who recently appeared in the tile role in Gauhar Jaan: The Datia Incident at Clapham Omnibus and for BBC Radio in Midnight Children.

More than 50 years since its UK premiere, Eugene Ionesco's dark comic-drama still packs a punch and, with broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, The Lesson is a theatrical experience you're unlikely to forget.


"Note this carefully, and remember it 'till the day you die …"

When an enthusiastic young student arrives at The Professor's house for her lesson, she is wide-eyed and ready to learn.

But no amount of studying can prepare her for the odyssey that lies ahead.


The Maid - Joan Potter

The Pupil - Sheetal Kapoor

The Professor - Roger Alborough


Author: Eugène Ionesco, translated by Donald Watson
Director: Matthew Parker
Designer: Rachael Ryan
Lighting: Chris McDonnell
Sound: Simon Arrowsmith
Fight director: Philip d'Orleans
Movement: Roman Pedro Berry
Production: Benjamin Alborough & Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre


Hope Theatre
207 Upper Street
N1 1RL


From: Tuesday 25 September 2018

Closed: Saturday 13 October 2018


Standard: £15

Concessions: £12


Show website
ActDrop full listing for The Lesson
The Lesson - Wikipedia

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