© 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:
Being equally at ease in both classical and contemporary roles, Sylvia Bergé, who joined the Comédie-Française in 1988, has been cast by many renowned directors, including Jacques Lassalle, Jean-Louis Benoit or David Lescot. Her natural propensity for singing and her vocal art training have also made her ideal for roles which combine singing and acting, such as the Cabarets put on by the Company.
Elsa Lepoivre joined the Comédie-Française in 2003, where she has since been offered the part of many strong women, from Sophocles’ Antigone to Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, by way of Célimène in Molière’s The Misanthrope. Other leading roles include Masha in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the title role in Racine’s Phèdre, or the Baronness Von Essenbeck in The Damned, for which she won a Molière Award in 2016.
In 2011, Jennifer Decker made her début at the Comédie-Française as Mariane in Molière’s The Miser. Since then, she has excelled in both classical and contemporary roles, playing Doña Sol in Victor Hugo’s Hernani or Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as Iris in Une vie, written and directed by Pascal Rambert, or Olga in Ivo van Hove’s production of The Damned.