France's Famed Comédie-Française Makes Rare U.S Visit at BAM, June 9-12

News   France's Famed Comédie-Française Makes Rare U.S Visit at BAM, June 9-12 The Comédie-Française, the most famous theatre company in France, the most enduring troupe in Europe (more than 300 years and counting) and one of the most storied in theatrical history, will pay a rare visit to the U.S. June 9-12, when it presents Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade imaginaire) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Comédie-Française began life in 1680 as the artistic home of Moliere's company (the playwright had died in 1673 after starring in the fourth performance of The Imaginary Invalid, his final play). Claude Stratz will direct the new production, which has scenic and costume design by Ezio Toffolutti, lighting design by Jean-Philippe Roy, original music by Marc-Olivier Dupin and choreography by Sophie Mayer. The company has made only four tours to the U.S. in the past 25 years, including productions at BAM of Molière's Le Misanthrope and Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear in 1979, and Molière's Don Juan and Marivaux's The Inconstant Lovers in 1996.

Performances will be at BAM's Harvey Theater. Tickets are $25-$60.

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