Two Alan Bennett monologues, Chip in the Sugar (Une frite dans le sucre) and Bed Among Lentils (Un lit parmi les lentilles), will be produced in Paris this fall under the umbrella title Mad(e) in England.
Bennett, the English actor, playwright and screenwriter is especially famous for his "Talking Heads" monologue series broadcast on BBC Television. In 1992, some monologues from this series were adapted to the stage under the direction of Bennett himself. Bennett also wrote the screenplay of Stephen Frear's Prick Up Your Ears and his 1993 play, The Madness of George III, which was filmed as The Madness of King George, directed by Nicholas Hytner and winner of two Oscars.
Jean-Marie Besset, a young and trendy French playwright, has provided the translation of Bennett's monologues. Besset has been nominated twice as Best Author at the Moliere Awards (French equivalent of the Tonys). His next work will be a translation of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia to open January 98 at the Theatre du Vieux Colombier, produced by the famous Comedie Francaise.
The roles of Graham in Chip in the Sugar and of Suzanne in Bed among Lentils have been created respectively by Bennett himself at the Comedy Theater, London in 1992 and by Maggie Smith at the Chichester Festival Theater in 1996. Originating these roles in the French production will be Jean-Paul Muel and Maia Simon.
Mad(e) in England directed by Jean-Claude Idee (who also designed the lighting) will open at the Petit Montparnasse on Sept. 30. For tickets and information on Mad(e) in England at the Petit Montparnasse, call 331 43 22 77 30. Ticket price : FF 120.
-- Stephane Ly-Cuong