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.
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.
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
From: Tuesday 29 January 2019
Closes: Sunday 17 February 2019
ActDrop full listing for The Orchestra