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THREE BLACK COMEDIES

Exit the King

by Eugène Ionesco, a new translation by Jeremy Sams directed by Laurence Boswell.

20 November - 20 December 2014

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Overview

The once great King Berenger the First is 400 years old, on his last legs and ruling over a decaying kingdom. Now the party is over and the end is nigh.

In his youth he reigned over millions of subjects, battled thousands of enemies, single-handedly split the atom and invented the car. He even controlled the weather. But now the heater is broken, the cows have stopped producing milk and the sun is late. While his two queens bicker about whether he should be made aware of his imminent demise, it is clear that Berenger won’t surrender without a fight. But the fact is, this is the last day of his life and the end of the play could mean the end of everything.

Ionesco’s darkly hilarious and sparklingly witty comedy makes fun of all the things that tragedy usually takes seriously.

ALUN ARMSTRONG is one of the UK's most recognisable and acclaimed character actors. He spent nine years with the RSC; originated the role of Thenardier in Les Miserables and he won an Olivier Award for playing the title role in Sweeney Todd. His numerous television credits include Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Garrow's Law, Penny Dreadful  and New Tricks.

Both experienced RSC players, SIOBHAN REDMOND was last in Bath in the RSC's acclaimed production of Dunsinane; William Gaunt recently starred in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Eugène ionesco was one of the greatest innovators in European drama. His incomparable works include The Chairs, Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano and he influenced a generation of playwrights.

Jeremy Sams is an award-winning director, writer, translator, orchestrator, musical director, film composer and lyricist. His many translations include Les Parents Terribles, The Miser and Mary Stuart for the National Theatre and The Threepenny Opera for the Donmar Warehouse.

Laurence Boswell is the Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio where his seasons of UK premieres have received huge national acclaim. He is a multi award-winning director who has directed a number of hits in the West End and on Broadway. He was also Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre Notting Hill. He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating A crowning moment for the excellent Alun Armstrong ... his performance is spectacularly doddery, the deterioration from prancing on in pyjamas to the terrors of dementia is a theatrical feat - Independent

    4 Star Rating Alun Armstrong is extraordinarily good... Siobhan Redmond - a terrific performance, Beth Park is also spot-on ...  Director Laurence Boswell has a gift for shaping a piece ... This is a superlative production - The Observer

    4 Star Rating The season of Black Comedies at the Ustinov has been a notable triumph ... Alun Armstrong - a hypnotic, deeply moving portrayal ... First and second wives are splendidly contrasted by Siobhan Redmond and Beth Park ... A thought-provoking metaphor for our own passing that again benefits from the Ustinov’s ability to attract fine actors - The Stage

    4 Star Rating A fitting climax to what has been a superb, challenging and thought provoking season at the Ustinov - WhatsOnStage

     4 Star Rating A fitting finale to a truly outstanding season at the Ustinov - The Public Reviews

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  • Cast

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    King Berenger I - Alun Armstrong

    Queen Marguerite - Siobhan Redmond    

    Queen Marie - Beth Park                     

    Doctor - William Gaunt     

    Juliette - Marty Cruickshank  

    Guard - Roy Sampson             

     

    Directed by Laurence Boswell

    Designer Anna Fleischle

    Lighting Designer Joshua Carr

    Sound Designer and Composer – Isobel Waller-Bridge

    Choreographer – Isabel Mortimer

     

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  • Info

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    Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
    Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 20th November)
    Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
    Press Performance: Wednesday 26th November 7pm

    Running Time: 1h 45m (no interval)

    • Post Show Discussion: Thursday 11th December after evening performance


    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts
    Preview Performances 20th - 25th November and Mondays: All seats £10

    £2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

    A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.

    £2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

    A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.

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