Jean Anouilh's The Orchestra - Omnibus Theatre


Tuesday 27 November 2018


Off-West End - Shows

Jean Anouilh's The Orchestra gets a fairly rare airing at Omnibus Theatre next January, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith.
The Orchestra at Omnibus Theatre

Image courtesy Omnibus Theatre


Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh was a French dramatist whose work ranged from absurdist farce through to high drama.


Omnibus Theatre will be presenting one of Anouilh's lesser-known and perhaps neglected works centred on a third-rate orchestra which plays well-worn musical arrangements to a rather indifferent audience while, behind the scenes, jealousy and gossip rage between members of the band.


The Orchestra heads to Omnibus Theatre for a run from 29 January to 17 February and promises to be something of a comedic treat.

Kristine Landon-Smith director of Jean Anouilh's The Orchestra at Omnibus Theatre

Photo: Kristine Landon-Smith


With casting yet to be announced, director Kirstine Landon-Smith said ...


"Many, many years ago I saw a production of The Orchestra at The Kings Head in Islington.


I had never seen anything quite like it: a play set in France just after the war where the musicians between arrangements try to work out who had "collaborated".


Understated yet pricelessly funny, I knew I wanted to direct this classic gem.


Ten years ago I did just that and fast forward another ten years and I am drawn again to this quick-witted and poignant play in an excellent translation by Jeremy Sams."


Synopsis


A third-rate café orchestra in a small French spa town play their time worn music to an indifferent audience.


The musician's idle chit-chat between and during the lively arrangements serve only to fuel their frustrations and power struggles.


Seething volcanoes start to erupt behind a seemingly respectable facade.


Jealousy, gossip and thwarted emotions reach a tragic climax - but the music goes jauntily on …


Cast


Amanda Osbourne (Mme. Hortense)

Seeta Indrani (Pamela)

Stefania Licari (Suzanne Delicias)

Pedro Casarin (M. Leon)

Charlotte Laporte (Ermeline)

Luna Dai (Patricia)

Tophy Enany (M. Lebonze)

Jessica Hulme (Leona)


Creatives


Author: Jean Anouilh
Composer: Felix Cross
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer: Sue Mayes
Sound: Julian Starr
Production: Stefania Licari and Charlotte Laporte - Teatro Latino

Venue


Omnibus Theatre
1 Northside (The Old Library)
Clapham Common
London
SW4 0QW

Dates


From: Tuesday 29 January 2019

Closes: Sunday 17 February 2019

Tickets


Standard: £16

Concessions: £13


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Links


Show website
ActDrop full listing for The Orchestra

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