The Damned (Les Damnés)


Luchino Visconti's screenplay is the springboard for a ceaselessly creative production, which follows a family of German industrialists - the corrupt and debauched Essenbeck clan.
The Damned (Les Damnés) at the Barbican

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Closes: Tuesday 25 June 2019
Running time:2 hrs 10 mins (no interval)
Age suitability: 16+

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Background


Invited to direct the illustrious troupe of Comédie-Française for the first time, Van Hove and his long-time collaborator Jan Versweyveld populate the Barbican stage with a company of 30 actors and technicians.


Archival footage and live recordings projected onto a screen form a counterpoint to the immense and involving action, the roving camera at times turned on audiences.


Pulsating sound and arresting visual metaphors heighten the impact of a play that 'really must be seen, sensed and felt' (New York Stage Review).


Notes:


Contains adult themes, graphic violence and nudity.


Performed in French with English surtitles.


Synopsis


Crackling with intensity, this triumphant spectacle directed by Ivo van Hove depicts the disintegration of a society, undone through a venomous alliance, the drama finding unsettling parallels today.


Luchino Visconti's screenplay is the springboard for a ceaselessly creative production, which follows a family of German industrialists - the corrupt and debauched Essenbeck clan.


With echoes of Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, their deepening collusion with the nascent Nazi regime puts them on a perilous path to destruction.


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Postal address:
Barbican Centre
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London EC2Y 8DS

Box office tel: 020 7638 8891

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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 19 June 2019

Closes:Tuesday 25 June 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm

Monday ‑ 7‑45pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
-

Tickets


Standard:
£16 - £50

Concessions:

Students

Students are entitled to half-price tickets in advance for Wednesday evening. Proof of eligibility required on collection.


Schools

£12 per ticket.


Access

Visitors with access requirements who have joined the Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets.


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Creatives


Author: Luchino Visconti
Composer: Eric Sleichim
Director: Ivo van Hove
Set designer: Jan Versweyveld
Costume designer: An D'Huys
Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Sound: Eric Sleichim
Video designer: Tal Yarden
Dramaturg: Bart Van den Eynde
Production: Comédie-Française

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