William Shakespeare's The Tempest will get this fall a major modernization in Paris under the unconventional vision of young director Jean-Luc Revol and with a new translation by Romain Weingarten.
Revol's stagings are often campy and kitschy and his recent works have met critical and commercial success. Revol's production of The Tempest will have music and songs composed by Aldo Gilbert and Patrick Laviosa, choreography by Caroline Roelands and especially sexy costumes by Aurore Popineau. Revol's vision of this Shakespeare classic will definitely be highly sensual and sexual.
This much awaited production opened in Marseilles last April with Michel Duchaussoy as Prospero. Jean Marais will reprise the role for the Paris opening on October, 17. Jean Marais is a French film star whose career credits include films directed by Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, or Luchino Visconti.
But for many persons, Marais is definitely linked to Jean Cocteau. Marais was Cocteau's lover for a long time and had worked under his direction in Cocteau's classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Orphee.
Reprising their roles for the Paris production will be Christophe Garcia as Caliban, Jose-Antonio Garcia as Ariel, Nathalie Hugon as Miranda and Revol himself as Antonio. For tickets and information on La Tempete at the Theatre de l'Eldorado, call 331 42 38 07 54. Tickets prices : FF 100, 150, 200 and 250. Runs Oct. 17 to Jan. 11.
-- Stephane Ly-Cuong