Jasper Britton to Play Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade for RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon

News   Jasper Britton to Play Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade for RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon
Jasper Britton will return to the RSC to play the Marquis de Sade in a new production of Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade, beginning performances at Stratford-upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre Oct. 14, prior to an official opening Oct. 20, for a run through Nov. 5, as part of the company's 50th birthday celebrations.

The company previously presented the play in 1964 in a production directed by Peter Brook.

Jasper Britton has previously appeared with the RSC in Gregory Doran's productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed. Also in leading roles are Golda Rosheuvel, Imogen Doel and Arsher Ali, and the cast also includes Maya Barcot, Liz Crowther, Kammy Darweish, Nicholas Day, Christopher Ettridge, Lisa Hammond, Lanre Malaolu, Nathaniel Martello-White, Andrew Melville, Simeon Moore, Harry Myers, Theo Ogundipe, Oliver Rix and Amanda Wilkin. The production is directed by Anthony Neilson.

The original German version of the play premiered in West Berlin in 1964. It is set in post-revolutionary France in which the inmates of an asylum present a play about the murder of Jean-Paul Marat under the direction of the notorious Marquis de Sade. As the director of the asylum and his family sit down expecting to see a patriotic display, they are confronted with a performance that is unruly, shocking and outspoken.

In a press statement, Anthony Neilson commented, "I look forward to working with this ensemble of actors on the forthcoming revival of Marat/Sade, a production which will, I hope, cast a fresh and contemporary light on Peter Weiss' seminal play, and restore to it at least some of the forceful impact of Peter Brook's and Adrian Mitchell's legendary RSC production."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 800 1110, or visit www.rsc.org.uk.

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