Ryszard Kapuściński
In English

You have the opportunity to meet the artistic team after the performance on the 13th October.

[EN] Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter will bring to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power in this Polish tale of dishonesty, greed and attrition, based on the astonishing book by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. For this project – the first coproduction between the Théâtres de la Ville and vibrant London theatre Young Vic – she will be reunited with writer Colin Teevan and director Walter Meierjohann (Kafka’s Monkey). Hunter promises to create a mesmerizing cast of characters, all servants to a despotic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell.

Not one to be limited by gender casting, award winning Kathryn Hunter has built a career on her remarkable ability to transform. Tiny in stature, with limbs like elastic and a malleable, throaty voice, she has broken boundaries playing male parts including King Lear, Richard III and most recently Cyrano de Bergerac. She’s an innovator in physical theatre, has worked extensively with Complicite and director Peter Brook and has impressed with Peter Brook’s The Valley of Astonishment.

» It’s rare that one actor can hold your attention for more than an hour on stage, exceptional that she can do it while playing 11 different characters. (…)Hunter creates uniqueness in each character—the way they stoop on bowed legs or light a cigarette. (…)She is fluid in her movement, pouring her body smoothly from one character to the next. Wort.lu, Sarita Rao

» The Emperor is a study in love – it’s also incredibly moving. Time Out

» The astonishing shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter – in this shrewd and resonant account of Haile Selassie’s fall from grace. The Guardian

» Intriguing and unsettling - Hunter's presence is mesmeric. Evening Standard

» A tour de force performance from Kathryn Hunter. The Financial Times

» Walter Meierjohann’s production confirms that Kathryn Hunter is one of the most extraordinary performers currently working in the UK. Time Out on Kafka’s Monkey

» ... Hunter proves technically brilliant [...]. Evening Standard on Kafka’s Monkey, Nicholas de Jongh

» ... the joy of the evening lies in Hunter’s extraordinary performance, [...]. Financial Times on Kafka’s Monkey, Sarah Hemming

» ... Hunter is as agile intellectually as she is physically, [...]. The Guardian on Kafka’s Monkey, Maddy Costa

[EN] » Der Parade des willen- und wirbellosen Gefolges bedarf dabei einer Charakterdarstellerin wir Hunter, die hier ein Schaffensspektrum zeigt, wie man es selten erlebt. Ihr Spiel entwickelt dabei – nahezu ohne Requisiten – eine geradezu physisch magnetische Anziehungskraft, der man sich nicht entziehen kann: Mit Humor zeigt sie Tragik, mit geradezu animalischer Servilität die moralische Dimension des Kniefalls. An ihrer Seite schafft Temesgen Zeleke keine musikalischen Kulissen, sondern mentale Bilder (…). Luxemburger Wort, Vesna Andonovic


Kathryn Hunter
Temesgen Zeleke

Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Designer Ti Green
Movement Imogen Knight
Video Louis Price
Light Mike Gunning
Sound Paul Arditti
Music Dave Price
Creative Associate Kathryn Hunter
Assistant Director Cat Robey

Production Young Vic (London), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, HOME (Manchester)

Mercredi 12 OCTOBRE 2016 à 20h00 (tickets)
Jeudi 13 OCTOBRE 2016 à 20h00 (tickets)
Vendredi 14 OCTOBRE 2016 à 20h00 (tickets)

DURÉE environ 65 minutes

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert at 7.30pm before every performance (in English)

Adultes 20 €, / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Studio

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