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."


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 …


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)


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


Omnibus Theatre
1 Northside (The Old Library)
Clapham Common


From: Tuesday 29 January 2019

Closes: Sunday 17 February 2019


Standard: £16

Concessions: £13

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