Marguerite Duras / Katie Mitchell / Alice Birch
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Katie Mitchell, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic theatre makers, presents her own uncompromising stage adaptation of the provocative novella by Marguerite Duras.
Duras’s 1982 psychological thriller focuses on an unnamed man who hires a woman to spend several weeks with him in a hotel by the sea, hoping to experience love. She may only visit him at night, and cannot speak to him unless invited to.
This radical reworking reveals the inner landscapes of both characters in a live cinema and theatre experience. It combines a theatre production performed live, with a film generated and edited in real time, and projected on a large screen above the set.
British director Katie Mitchell has reshaped the culture of theatre in a body of radical work across Europe since the 1990s. She creates minutely observed, emotionally intense productions that work on the mind long after they’ve been seen, and has long explored the intersection between theatre and film. La Maladie de la mort is her first production for Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, resident company at the 2018 International Festival, and is produced by an international creative team from Britain, France, Iceland and Germany.
Acclaimed French film, television and stage actor Laetitia Dosch plays the woman, with British actor Nick Fletcher as the man. Eminent French stage and screen actor Irène Jacob, star of films including Au revoir les enfants and Three Colours: Red, is the narrator. Duras’s novella is adapted by acclaimed playwright Alice Birch, recently lauded for her screenplay for the feature film Lady Macbeth.
La Maladie de la mort is part of the residency of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord at the 2018 International Festival.
Suitable for adults only. Contains scenes of nudity, sexual and pornographic imagery. If you need more information please contact us.
Performed in French with English supertitles.
A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Théâtre de la Ville – Paris; Le Théâtre de Liège; MC2:Grenoble; Barbican / London; Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam; Teatro di Roma-Teatro Nazionale; Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione; Fondazione Teatro Metastasio – Prato; TANDEM scène nationale
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
with assistance from
The Friends' Circle and CIC-Banque Transatlantique