The Surprise of Love
by Marivaux, in a new translation by Mike Alfreds
11 November - 22 December 2011
In repertory with The Phoenix of Madrid and Iphigenia
The beautiful Marquise has been left a widow tragically young...
The handsome chevalier has been deserted by the love of his life who has decided to take holy orders...
Both have sworn never to lose their hearts again...
Neither had reckoned with the surprise of love.
Marivaux was the most important French playwright of the 18th Century. Considered by his contemporaries as 'the doctor of the human heart', he wrote many comedies for the Comedie-Francaise and the Comedie-Italienne in Paris. This will be the first time Marivaux's The Surprise of Love will have been seen by a British audience.
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A splendid season finale. Boswell's uncluttered production, beautifully lit by Ben Ormerod and Richard Howell, who flood Ti Green's elegant set with golden sunlight and dsky shadows, is witty and delicately touching. Executed with the lightest of touches ... Piquant and perfectly polished entertainment - The Times
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The members of the Ustinov Studio Company are:
Peter Bramhill, David Fielder, Christopher Hunter, Adam Jackson-Smith, Frances McNamee, Tom Mothersdale, Laura Rees, Samantha Robinson,Milo Twomey.
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Directed by Laurence Boswell
Designer: Ti Green
Lighting Designers: Ben Ormerod & Richard Howell
Sound Designer: Fergus O'Hare
Tickets: £19.50/£14.50 discounts
- Wednesday 23rd November: Post Show Discussion with Director Laurence Boswell
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)