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Les Parents Terribles

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About the Show Less...

Jean Cocteau's tale of love and jealousy in a 1930's bohemian household. Read More >

Les Parents Terribles is set in a bohemian household in 1930s Paris. When Michael declares his love for a girl, his devoted mother burns with jealousy while his father is shocked to discover that his son’s lover is someone he knows only too well.

Jean Cocteau, who wrote Les Parents Terribles, was a prolific playwright, novelist, poet, artist and film-maker who was at the forefront of the Surrealist movement. His other work for the stage includes La Voix Humaine, Le Bel Indifferent, Orphee and La Machine A Ecrire.

Les Parents Terribles is staged as part of Donmar Trafalgar, a new initiative giving recent graduates of the Donmar Warehouse’s Resident Assistant Director (RAD) scheme the chance to stage their own production.

Chris Rolls, who was part of the RAD scheme in 2005, directs Les Parents Terribles. His other directing credits include Blurt Master Constable (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Beaver Coat (Finborough theatre) and Under The Earth (BAC).

The cast of Les Parents Terribles includes West End star Frances Barber, who recently appeared in the RSC productions of The Seagull and King Lear at the New London theatre and Madame De Sade at the Wyndham’s theatre.

For more about Les Parents Terribles at the Trafalgar Studios read Direct to the West End.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 25/11/2010

Opening Night: 29/11/2010

Closing Night: 18/12/2010

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Cast & Creative


Frances Barber, Tom Byam Shaw, Anthony Calf, Elaine Cassidy, Sylvestra Le Touzel


Director - Chris Rolls

Producer - Donmar Warehouse

Author - Jean Cocteau

About Trafalgar Studios 2

14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

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