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The Lesson

International Tour
12 April 2007 - 07 April 2008

In association with South Hill Park Arts Centre
Rip Her To Shreds

The Lesson

By Eugène Ionesco,
translation by Donald Watson

Won: Special Jury Prize in Romania
Best actress in a leading role - Amy Loughton in Romania

starstarstarstar: The Times, Ham & High
starstarstarstarstar: edfringe.com
Stiri.Acasa.ro
Curierul National
Realitatea.net
starstarstarstar
or better:
15 of 17 reviews

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2008: Transfer To Romania!

Day Date Time Venue Box Office
Mon 07 Apr 21.00 Teatrul de Comedie,
Bucharest, Romania
+40
21 315 91 37

Spring 2007 Tour Schedule

Day Date Time Venue Box Office
Thurs 12 April 18.30 South Hill Park Studio, Bracknell 01344 484123
Fri 20 April 19.45 Hawth Theatre, Crawley 01293 553636
Mon 23 April 19.30 Connaught Theatre, Worthing 01903 206206
Thurs 26 April 19.30 Eastgate Theatre, Scotland 01721 725777
Sat 28 April 19.30 Swallow Theatre, Scotland 01988 850368
Tues 01 May 19.30 Customs House,
Tyne & Wear
01914 541234
Fri 04 May 19.30 Blake Theatre, Monmouth 01600 719401
Tues 08 May 19.30 Arc Theatre Trowbridge 0845 2990476
Wed
Thurs
09-10 May 19.30
White Rock Theatre
Hastings
0870 1451133
Fri-Sat 11-12 May 20.00 Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford 01483 440000
Wed 16 May 19.30 West Wing, Slough 01753 823710
Thurs
Fri
17-18 May 19.30 South Hill Park Arts Centre
Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
01344 484123
Wed 23 May 19.30 Kenneth Moore Theatre, London
w/ Post-Show Discussion
N/A

August 2007: Transfer to Edinburgh Festival!

Day Date Time Venue Box Office
Mon-Sun 2-14 &
16-27 Aug
19.00 Four Week Run at Edinburgh!
Assembly Rooms
Hill Street Theatre
0131 6233030

September 2007: Transfer to
The Old Red Lion Theatre, London!

Day Date Time Venue Box Office
Tue-Sat
Sun
11-29
Sept
20.00
18.00
Three Week Run in London!
Old Red Lion Theatre
020 7837 7816

Autumn 2007 Tour Schedule

Day Date Time Venue Box Office
Tues 02 Oct 19.30 Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
with Post-Show Discussion
01823 414141
Wed 03 Oct 19.30 Farmour's School, Fairford 0207 8703787
Fri 05 Oct 19.30 Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorset 01305 266926
Mon 08 Oct 17.30 Marist Senior School, Sunninghill
with Post-Show Discussion
0207 8703787
Tues 09 Oct 19.30 Stantonbury Campus,
Milton Keynes
01908 324422
Wed-Thu 10-11 Oct 19.30 Trinity, Tunbridge Wells 01892 678678
Fri 12 Oct 20.00 The Maltings, St Albans
01727 844222
Mon 15 Oct 16.00
20.00
University of Winchester TBA
Tues 16 Oct 19.30 Corn Exchange, Newbury
with Post-Show Discussion
01635 522733
Wed 17 Oct 20.00 Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
01242 258002
Thurs 18 Oct 19.30 Plaza Theatre, Stockport
01614 777779
Fri-Sat 02-03 Nov 19.30 Keats Theatre, Edmonton 0208 8076680
Wed 07 Nov 20.00 Bishop's Stortford College
0207 8703787
Fri 09 Nov 19.30 Shire Hall, Howden
01430 432510
Sat 10 Nov 19.30 Guildhall, Derby
01332 255800
Wed 14 Nov 19.30 Uppingham Theatre, Oakham
with Post Show Discussion
01572 820820
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Play Information

A hysterical farce and riveting tragedy.

At this comedy's opening we find a mild-mannered, scatty-scholar teaching his bright-eyed, bonne-élève student that 1+1=2. When the innocent pupil begins to displease her tutor, the pedagogue turns on her, becoming a bullying tyrant, a ferocious animal bent on her destruction.

Creative Team

Professor: John Eastman
Pupil: Amy Loughton
Marie: Julia Munrow
 
Director: Max Lewendel
Producer: Kurban Kassam
Asst. Director/
Ed Coord.:
Rosa Wyatt
Set Design: Christopher Hone
Cost. Design: Christina Stergios
Sound Design: Matt Downing
LX Design: Matthew Newbury
Stage Managers: Ellen Abraham-Williams
Alexandra Melville
Graphic Artist: Helen Stergios
Asst. Producer: Aliyah Abdulla
Asst. Producer: Sarah McCarthy
Asst. Producer: Natalie Scott
Props Master /
Asst. Producer:
Laura C. Woodley
Photographer: Aga Szeliga
Jack Ladenburg

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

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starstarstarstarstaredfringe.com
starstarstarstarstarCurierul National

starstarstarstarstarRealitatea.net

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

starstarstarstar or better
in 15 of 17 reviews

Out of all productions with a star rating in the last 3 years:

starstarstarstar or better
in 36 of 45 reviews

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"Max Lewendel's production succeeds by the strength of its acting and the steadily increasing tension."

Jeremy Kingston, The Times

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"Directed so specifically that the beast of chaos that charges through Ionesco's work like his own rhinoceros is safely routed through the play."

Rebecca Banks, Ham & High

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"A daring production by an energetic new company, the London-based Icarus Theatre Collective, it pulls no punches in its visceral pursuit of pure absurdism."

Daniel Lombard,
South Wales Argus

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The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

Premiul special al juriului
Special Jury Prize:
Cash prize from Romania

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

Premiul pentru cea mai buna actrita ín rol principal
Best Actress in a Leading
Role: Amy Loughton

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"Scarlet, a wild 12-year-old, like a coyote bitch on heat".

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by William Shakespeare

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by R.C. Sherriff

starstarstarstarThe Times

starstarstarstarThe Scotsman
starstarstarstarManchester Eve News

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by William Shakespeare

With sword, axe, spear and bare fist fighting it is an impressively energetic and dynamic production.

Victoria Claringbold, Remotegoat

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Nigh-on Faultless. The cast are, one and all, magnificent.

Roderic Dunnett, Behind the Arras

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by William Shakespeare

"Max Lewendel's production is fast-paced and pulls the audience straight in... Outstanding".

Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

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Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

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Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

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Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide

Journey's End
by R.C. Sherriff

"A powerfully emotive production."

Julie Watterston, The Stage

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by James Graham

"Theatre at its best."

Aleks Sierz, The Stage

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"The five-member cast fill the dim confines of the theatre like a desert storm".

Le Roux Schoeman,
Church of England Newsletter

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Philip Fisher,
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"Comedy, tragedy, fear, mystery, sex, violence, disturbance: The Lesson has them all".

Eleanor Weber,
Raddest Right Now

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The Stage

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"The cast navigates the perilous emotional terrain with aplomb".

Visit London (Totally London)

Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefert

"Sizzling bursts of desire and hate among the North American sands".

Timothy Ramsden,
Reviews Gate

Albert's Boy
by James Graham

"Extraordinary...
Victor Spinetti is outstanding."

Cheryl Freedman,
What's On in London

Albert's Boy
by James Graham

"A beautifully crafted piece."

Joanna Bacon,
Rogues & Vagabonds

The Lesson Eugène Ionesco

"The Icarus Theatre collective's production of Eugène Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece is brilliant. A fast-paced, sixty-five minute screaming journey from a bare classroom into utter chaos."

Kevin Hurst, Extra! Extra!

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by Stewart Permutt

"You would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this, so why not pop along to the Finborough and find out what great nights are made of."

Gene David Kirk,
UK Theatre Web

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William Saroyan

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"This is the kind of consoling play we need right now."

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Team Locals

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William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

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Team Locals

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William Shakespeare

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Darlington & Stockton Times - Christina McIntyre

The Time of Your Life
William Saroyan

"Fine performances from the 26-strong cast."

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