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Anouilh’s plays are today as unfashionable as penny-farthing bicycles. So it is a real pleasure to find a year-old director, Simon Godwin. WATCHING Jean Anouilh’s Eurydice () you become aware of an evocative smell, pungent as the smoke of a Gitane sans filtre. It is the. Throughout his long and prolific career as one of France’s leading modern dramatists, Jean Anouilh has been fascinated by the theme of the fragility of youthful.

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Anouilh – not the French for boredom after all

But the richest performance comes from Edward de Souza who gloriously turns Orpheus’s lecherously reminiscing dad into a station-buffet Falstaff. Et puis il y a la vie, son ennemie.

Eurydice rejects the advances of a young man named Matthew—who is her lover and a fellow member of the troupe. Very strange setting for this story but I kind of enjoyed it. Jean-Louis Barrault, later a major French director, was a pupil there at the same time and recalls Anouilh as an intense, rather dandified figure who hardly noticed a anoouilh some two years younger than himself.

Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Orlando Seale and Amy Marston as the young lovers disrobe their souls with great candour.

Tinamarie rated it really liked it Feb 12, In fact, if she hadn’t died, Snouilh. In Pictures – the story of love and romance: Anouilh wrought a multitude of plays during the subsequent years. Yet Simon Godwin, a preposterously young director who only graduated from Cambridge inmakes a persuasive case for Eurydice.


Eurydice is brought back to life.

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Despite its sober subject matter, Eurydice was a success in Paris. Works by Jean Anouilh. He struggled through years of poverty producing several plays until he eventually wound up as secretary to the great actor-director Louis Jouvet. Henri says, the relationship would have eventually disappointed him.

Henri, who convinces him that the perfect relationship he envisioned having with Eurydice is still possible You have to put up with a lot of verbose, pseudo-poetic prose, but somehow the play works. Andi rated it really liked it Feb 27, In the Anouilh school, classic storybook endings of total contentment are deemed incomplete, or fashioned from fibs and compromise.

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Like most French dramatists, Anouilh was obsessed by classical myth: Susan Tracy is memorably affected as Eurydice’s actress mother, while Edward de Souza is in vintage comic form as Orpheus’s magnificently debauched father, plummily extolling the joys of prix-fixe menus, a good cigar, and depraved sex on the sofa.

He may owe his artistic bent to his mother, a violinist who supplemented the family’s meager income by playing summer seasons in the casino orchestra in the nearby seaside resort of Arcachon.

Megan rated it really liked it May 27, As a child, Anouilh spent many nights watching his mother play for various operettas. The screenwriter who adapted it, Edward Anhalt, won an Academy Award for his screenplay. But their rapt declarations of love and fidelity are overheard by a man sitting in a corner. The play criticises – in an allegorical manner – collaborationism with the Nazis.

Simon Godwin’s production also boasts a strong cast. He merged his love of the theatre with his love of the heart in with his marriage to the actress Monelle Valentin. Battersea Arts Centre reviews.


Eurydice Notes

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To ask other readers questions about Eurydiceplease sign up. Apr 28, Ngan Ha rated it liked it Shelves: Monday 31 December In a sense, there is only one Anouilh play: Olga rated it really liked it Jan 30, Juliet Smith rated it really liked it Dec 01, For the second time in two days I was also impressed by a set by Agnes Treplin: Susan Tracy as Eurydice’s mother is wreathed in actressy charm and Desmond Barrit is quietly wise as the wurydice harbinger of death.

A nouilh’s plays are today as unfashionable as penny-farthing bicycles. Indeed can love survive in any form whatsoever?

Anouilh wanted him to demonstrate the corrupt futility of life, making easeful death seem still more attractive. Jean-Paul Sartre from whom Anouilh had adopted some of his existentialist views advocated the significance of using myth in contemporary theatre.

He started playwriting at the tender age of twelve, and by the comparatively wintry aniuilh of nineteen had his first finished piece, Humulus Le Muet, a collaboration with Jean Aurenche. Views Read Edit View history. Distraught, he talks with M.

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