La ménagerie de verre
La Ménagerie de verre (The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams), starring Isabelle Huppert, is Ivo van Hove's second directorial effort for Théâtre de l'Odéon in Paris. In 2017 he created Vu du pont, based on the classic by Arthur Miller.
'In the new Van Hove, Isabelle Huppert plays a cold-hearted mother on the verge of a breakdown.' - De Volkskrant ★★★★
Starting time 8 p.m.
Duration 105 minutes, no intermission
Location Grote Zaal
Language French, with Dutch and English surtitles
About La Ménagerie de verre
Ivo van Hove: “La Ménagerie de verre is a key work in the oeuvre of Tennessee Williams. The play takes us to a world of gentle, vulnerable and unhappy characters. A mother, her son, and her disabled daughter lack the strength and resources to protect themselves from the harsh world around them. They retreat into their memories, an idealised past, a make-believe world. Williams’ characters are like glass toys: beautiful, but fragile. It is an artistic challenge and at the same time a dream come true to work with Isabelle Huppert on the adaptation of this most personal and autobiographical piece by Tennessee Williams.” -|- On stage, we see mother Amanda and her children Laura and Tom. Father abandoned the family fifteen years ago, but Amanda still imagines herself a ‘grande dame’. Son Tom, who fancies himself a poet, is the provider for the family. He prefers to be out rather than at home. Daughter Laura never leaves the house and plays inside with her little glass animals. Three people imprisoned by loneliness, three ways of dreaming of a different existence. The arrival of Jim O'Connor, a friend of Tom, brings hope...
direction Ivo van Hove
text Tennessee Williams
dramaturgy Koen Tachelet
scenography and lighting Jan Versweyveld
with Isabelle Huppert, Justine Bachelet, Cyril Guei, Antoine Reinartz
productionOdéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris)
coproducers La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand - scène nationale, Onassis Stegi – Athens, deSingel – Antwerp, Barbican – London
with the support of Cercle de l'Odéon
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