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This stage adaptation condenses Ferrante's four novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child) into one play presented in two parts.
Audiences will be able to see both parts in one day, or on separate days.
Regarded as ‘one of the most exciting and compelling contemporary literary voices today’, Elena Ferrante was chosen this year as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet.
Very little, however, is known about the author - she writes under a pseudonym, explaining: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing'.
Her first novels were published in the early 1990s, with My Brilliant Friend, the first novel in the Neapolitan quartet, translated into English in 2012, and the final book in the quartet, The Story of the Lost Child, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
Celebrated for 'creating astonishingly potent' theatre, Melly Still has directed for the National Theatre, The Young Vic and Glyndebourne, amongst others.
April De Angelis has written for the National Theatre, Royal Court and the RSC to name just a few.
This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles.
But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another.
A powerful story of love, violence, sex, ambition, genius and self-destruction, the two-part play is an exploration not just of female friendship and rivalry, but of Italy after the war and the decades of political turmoil and cultural change that followed.
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Kingston KT1 1HL
Wednesday 30 November -0001
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Justin Avoth - Antonio / Pietro
Adam Burton - Michele / Rino
Niamh Cusack - Lenu
Martin Hyder - Don Achille / Donato
Ira Mandela Siobhan - Marcello
Catherine McCormack - LILA
Victoria Moseley - Gigliola
Emily Mytton - Melina
Jonah Russell - Stefano
Badria Timimi - Nunzia / Professor Galiani
Emily Wachter - Adele / Immacolata
Toby Wharton - Nino
Author: Elena Ferrante, adapted by April De Angelis.
Composer: James Fortune
Director: Melly Still
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Sound: Jon Nicholls
Movement: Sarah Dowling