Lingua Franca

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Peter Nichols's new play is both a damning indictment and a celebration of sexual freedom. Read More >

Lingua Franca follows innocent abroad Steven Flowers as he travels from National Service in South-East Asia to 1950s Florence. He soon finds himself working for a chaotically-run language school together with a cosmopolitan muddle of seven foreign misfits killing their post-war nihilism in the cafes of Florence, the cradle of Renaissance high culture.

Based on a main character in playwright Peter Nichols’s Privates On Parade, and inspired by his own experiences, Lingua Franca is both a damning indictment and a celebration of sexual freedom.

Nichols is the award-winning playwright of Privates On Parade, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Passion Play, The National Health and Chez Nous. This is the world premiere of Lingua Franca.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 13/07/2010

Opening Night: 15/07/2010

Closing Night: 07/08/2010

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Cast & Creative


Enzo Cilenti, Ian Gelder, Rula Lunska, Abigail McKern, Chris New, Charlotte Randle, Natalie Walter


Director - Michael Gieleta

Producer - Cherub Company London in association with Finborough theatre

Designer - James Macnamara

Author - Peter Nichols