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Life X 3 at The Loft Theatre


Photo courtesy of The Loft Theatre, © Richard Smith.


Life X 3, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 27 January 2024. Written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, Directed by Sue Moore.

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Yasmina Reza is one of the most successful playwrights of our time. Her insightful, witty writing and Christopher Hampton’s exquisite translation are a killer combination.  The premiere of this play in the UK was at The National Theatre, with a stellar cast of Mark Rylance, Oliver Cotton, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter. 



Here’s just one of the reviews. This by Michael Billington, The Guardian:

“Yasmina Reza’s play is an elegant enigma with triple variations. Like many dramatists before her, Reza is fascinated by alternative possibilities and offers three perspectives on a single situation. As an intellectual construct, the play is fascinating;  Nothing is funnier on stage than to see supposedly decorous people behaving badly; if farce can be defined as the worst day of your life, then this is a mini-classic of the genre.”   



Rehearsing for Life X 3. Photo courtesy of the Loft Theatre, © Richard Smith.


Henri and Sonia are putting their son to bed when Hubert and Ines arrive for dinner, a day earlier than expected. As the evening degenerates, Yasmina Reza’s play blends cruel observations with high comedy. We see three versions of the same socially hapless evening in which something changes subtly each time, providing a dramatically different outcome for each.


Sue Moore will direct her third Yasmina Reza play, following the highly acclaimed productions of ‘The God of Carnage’ and ‘Art’.


Playing Henri is  Dave Crossfield, Hubert is Paul Curran, Inès – played by  Cheryl Laverick and Sonia by Elizabeth Morris.


The cast in rehearsals. Photo courtesy of the Loft Theatre, © Richard Smith


Behind the scenes we have: Sound design –  James Ruffell;  Lighting design – Malcolm Hunt; Set design – Richard Moore;  Stage manager – Richard Moore.


This amateur production of “Life X 3” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

 


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