The French Play 2010-11

'Les Esprits’ by Pierre de Larivey, adapted by Albert Camus

Les Esprits is the play from which Molière stole key comic scenes for L’Avare . We have stolen some material back, to even the score. Larivey himself compiled his text from Italian commedia dell’arte, filling it with pantomime and classic set pieces of comedy. Albert Camus adapted the play for the modern stage and won rave reviews with a production in 1953. The plot is as old as the hills : lovers are are kept apart by a miserly old father, but are helped to a happy ending by a band of saucy accomplices. The laughter they cause is timeless. “Two Fathers, Four Lovers, A Few Liars and Fun All Round ” . This is the British première.
Performances: Wed 16th March, Thurs 17th March, and Fri 18th March, 2011, 7.30pm at the University Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, Sheffield.

Tickets available on the door, or on sale in the Union Space, Ground Floor, Jessop West in the week before and during the performances. For further information and tickets, contact David Walker@sheffield.ac.uk Tel. 222 4893
Prices : £4 (£3.00 concessions)
The director is David Walker. The show is part of a programme of collaboration with the TRAC theatre company of Beaumes de Venise, whose Director, Vincent Siano, is adviser to the production.
In recent years we have staged the following productions in French to full houses: