Harold Pinter is one of the most -- if not the most -- famous foreign playwrights to be adapted and played in French. Almost all of his plays have been produced in Paris and Moonlight will soon join the list of French adaptations of Pinter's plays.
Moonlight, directed by Karel Reisz, was originally planned to open on Sept. 25 but due to Reisz's health problems, the opening night has been postponed to Oct. 11.
Film and stage director Karel Reisz has worked extensively with Pinter. The French lieutenant's woman, directed by Reisz, had a screenplay by Pinter. Reisz has already directed Pinter'sMoonlight at the Gate Theare in Dublin in 1994, and at New York's Roundabout in 1995.
The cast will be led by Jean-Pierre Marielle and Nelly Borgeaud. costumes will be designed by Claudine Lachaud and lighting by Laurent Castaingt. Tony Walton, winner of three Tony Awards as Best Scenic Designer for Pippin, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls, will also design the sets of this production.
Pinter will make his directorial debut in France next March by directing one of his own plays. Ashes to ashes will open in this same theatre, the Theatre Rond-Point Champs Elysees, with Christine Boisson and Lambert Wilson (who has been seen as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in London's National Theater's revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. For tickets and information on La lune se couche at the Theatre du Rond-Point Champs Elysees, call 331 44 95 98 10. Runs Oct. 11 to Jan. 11.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong