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 Children of Paradise live on stage in london !!!

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michel sanvoisin


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Localisation : rue des moines, paris
Date d'inscription : 11/11/2006

MessageSujet: Children of Paradise live on stage in london !!!   Jeu 21 Déc - 16:52

Yes the british theater company Simply8 did it.affraid

They have adapted for the theater "Les Enfants du Paradis" and it shows only until 30 december 2006 in london at the ARCOLA THEATER.
More news here and there.
I have found this review with a picture of Baptiste (Christopher Doyle).You can read it on the This is London.co.uk website.
A quick copy & paste in case it disappears :
Citation :

"Paradise regained on a shoestring budget"
By Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard - 21.12.06

Elegant black and white, hundreds of extras, a multi-tiered theatre
as a crucial backdrop: Marcel Carné's 1945 film Les Enfants du Paradis
has rightly acquired classic status. The Arcola's tiny basement studio
space, a cast of 14 and a handful of props: this new adaptation by
Dudley Hinton and Sebastian Armesto was bound to win marks for
audacity, if nothing else. What customarily follows in this
sort of review is an exhortation to stay at home and rent the DVD. But
not here: Hinton and Armesto, who also directs, have done a fine job,
and one that is worth the cinema ticket entrance price of anyone's
money. The script, largely faithful to the screenplay, has
nevertheless been sensibly streamlined. Purists may lament the loss of
some local colour - although those who saw Simon Callow's lengthy take
for the RSC will cheer the relative brevity - but what is highlighted
beautifully is the classic love pentagon at the piece's heart. Garance,
enigmatic modelturned-actress, attracts and rejects four very different
suitors, as the rumbustious performing world of early 19th century
Paris whirls around her. In the film, the titular "Children of
the Gods" - those who inhabit the cheap seats at the top of the Thé‚tre
des Funambles - lend vocal, visible support to Baptiste, the mime
artist and Frédérick, the great classical actor in waiting. Armesto
gets around the rather fundamental lack of such a structure with
judicious noises off and some clever business with a portable stage
curtain. The talented ensemble quickly conveys an ebullient sense of
teeming life. Annalie Wilson, saddled with an inappropriately
revealing costume, could usefully give her Garance a little more Mona
Lisa-style unknowability. Still, she certainly has charisma, which is
why Christopher Doyle's lovely, melancholy Pierrot of a Baptiste falls
for her. With his open, innocent face, Doyle also manages the tricky
feat of making those punishing mime sequences watchable. Tom
Mison has great fun as the irrepressible Frédérick, who views donning a
lion costume as just another step en route to his rightful starring
role as the Moor. His turn as a jaunty harlequin in ridiculous black
tights is particularly memorable. This is an actor we'll be hearing of
again. It might be seasonal to add that the origins of modern
pantomime are here. It would be even more festively fitting to say
three cheers to a brave young company.

If you have seen this, could you tell us what did you think ?
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