5th February 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside
London SW4 0QW
Show tickets £13-16, Q&A free
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The Orchestra runs from 29 January to 17 February 2019 at London's Omnibus Theatre

The Orchestra runs from 29 January to 17 February 2019 at London’s Omnibus Theatre

After Q&A events in 2018 for The Pit and the Pendulum, Blood Wedding, The Yellow Wallpaper and The Soul of Wittgenstein, I’ll return to the Omnibus Theatre in 2019 for a rarely seen French modern classic…

“BANG, BANG, BANG. That’s love for you…”

Fizzing comedy and catastrophe collide in multi-award-winning director Kristine Landon-Smith’s revival of The Orchestra, the neglected 1960 play by celebrated French dramatist Jean Anouilh, whose other often-absurdist classics include Antigone, Eurydice, The Lark and Becket.

A third-rate orchestra in a French spa town play time-worn musical arrangements to an indifferent audience. In between the musical interludes, idle chit-chat reveals the power struggles that lurk behind the ensemble’s shiny veneer.

As the overture descends into an intoxicating symphony of piercing jealousy, bizarre gossip and thwarted emotions, the musicians reach an unexpected finale – but the music goes jauntily on…

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of The Orchestra on Tuesday 5 February 2019, I’ll be joined by director Kristine Landon-Smith and members of the company.


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