La Bête (2009)
La Bête by David Hirson
Directed by Bob Callender
La Bête is an exuberant comic whirlwind of a play, set in France in 1654 amongst the court theatrical troupe of the playwright Elomire. Their patron, the Prince Conti, feels the group's work has grown stale. So when he sees the troubadour Valere clowning in the town square, the Prince decides that Valere is just what's needed to re-invigorate the company and make its work more fun and accessible. But the principled Elomire has other ideas.
The American playwright, David Hirson, has pulled off a staggering work. A whip-smart comedy in rhymed couplets throughout, where high art and low, philosophy and slapstick, literature and pantomime contend for the crown of truth. The title, "La Bête", means "the beast" or "the fool", and as Elomire and Valere battle it out in front of the Prince, it's left up to the audience to decide what's what and who's who.
La Bête won the Olivier award for best comedy in 1992.
- ELOMIRE, leader of the troupe - Jon Creighton
- BEJART, his second in command - David Lomas
- MADELEINE BEJART, Bejart's sister - Fiona Daffern
- DE BRIE - Ran Bradu
- CATHERINE DE BRIE, De Brie's wife - Caroline Durant
- RENE DU PARC - James Hough
- MARQUISE-THERESE DU PARC, Du Parc's wife - Melanie Duignan
- VALERE, a troubadour - Steve Imrie
- PRINCE CONTI, patron of the troupe - Peter Stevens
- DORINE, a serving maid - Kristy Davis
- Assistant Director - Tina Patrick
- Stage Manager - Jess Osorio
- Assistant Stage Manager - Karen Webb
- Lighting Design - James Webb & Anna York
- Sound Design - James Webb
- Lighting & Sound Operator - Kathryn Ramsay
- Set Design and Make-up - Karen Webb
- Costume Design - Alan Buckman
- Fight Director - Anton Krause
- Thanks to: The Rosendale, Ego, Mike Elliott
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