At 75, Marcel Marceau is still busy touring the globe with energy and enthusiasm. Last year, the internationally renown mime celebrated the 50th anniversary of creation of Bip, his famous flowered-hat and sad-eyed character, with two shows: Bip, a collection of famous scenes that have been created by Marceau over the past 50 years, and The Bowler Hat, a new "mimodrame" performed by Marcel Marceau and his company.
Marceau is currently starring at the Old Vic, in London but will travel around the world with Bip and The Bowler Hat after this engagement. Playbill On-Line spoke to Marceau's Paris-based theatre company administrator, Pierre Nahman who gave some details about Marceau's world tour.
On June 5, Marceau will perform in Villeurbanne (France) but July will be the month of more exotic and tropical cities with a South American tour. In August, Marceau should be in the Pacific zone. It hasn't been decided yet whether the mime will perform in New Zealand, Australia or Taiwan. In September, Marceau will tour in Japan, beginning a Tokyo engagment on Sept. 19. Marceau will give five performances of The Bowler Hat at the beginning of his tour and will go on with his one-man show until Oct. 20.
In November, Marceau will be back in Europe and will tour Scandinavia. In between his Scandinavian tour dates, Marceau will appear in Brussels, Nov. 16, 17 and 18. From Dec. 15 to Feb. 15, Marceau will tour his home country, France.
Right after the end of his French tour on Feb. 15, Marceau is scheduled to appear in North America, starting in Canada, then Alaska and Boston in March, and eventually ending in a Broadway house with The Bowler Hat. More details will be announced later.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong