© Stéphane Lavoué // coll. Comédie-Française
On the occasion of the return of the Comédie-Française in London, the Institut français hosts three exceptional masterclasses with the actors from the cast of The Damned, presented at the Barbican on 19-25 June. Each masterclass will be led by actors discussing the production, their career and their work with the legendary Parisian institution, in conversation with award-winning theatre critic Matt Trueman.
in English | £7, conc. £5
About the actors:
Denis Podalydès can play just about anything. Numerous renowned directors have cast him for wide ranging roles since he made his debut at the Comédie-Française in 1997: Harpagon in Catherine Hiegel’s The Miser, the title role in Dan Jemmett’s Hamlet, Orsino in Thomas Ostermeier’s Twelfth Night… He has also staged several plays for the company, most notably Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand, a show that garnered no less than six Molière Awards.
Pierre Louis-Calixte, who joined the Comédie-Française in 2006, has been praised for his interpretation of classical and contemporary roles, ranging from Mercutio in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arlequin in Marivaux’s Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard, to Louis in Juste la fin du monde by Jean-Luc Lagarce and the Devil, a part written for him by Pascal Rambert in his play Une vie.
After playing under the most renowned directors, including Antoine Vitez, Patrice Chéreau, Giorgio Strehler or Luc Bondy, in the course of his successful career, Didier Sandre joined the Comédie-Française in 2013, making his debut in Dürrenmatt’s The Visit. As part of the company, he interpreted among others Orgon in Molière’s Tartuffe, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet or de Guiche in Cyrano de Bergerac.