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Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi returns to London for a week at the Playground Theatre

Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING last January’s sell-out run at the Drayton Arms, Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi is returning to the capital, where it will run for one week only (January 28 to February 2, 2019) at the Playground Theatre in Notting Hill.

This new play was created by director Marianne Badrichani and actress Edith Vernes from various works of eminent French writer Sacha Guitry. Celebrating his particular talent for mixing reality and fiction, the show flits between dressing room and stage, joyfully discombobulating the audience’s expectations.

Toutes les femmes sont comédiennes, à l’exception de quelques actrices (All women act a part, save a few actresses).

Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi, a comedy with four characters, tells the tumultuous story of a grand actress struggling with her three loves: the theatre, her daughter and Sacha Guitry. It is a kaleidoscope of theatrical adventures and misadventures… or a lesson in how to make a permanent coup de theatre of your life.

As an actor (stage and screen), playwright, director and film maker, Sacha Guitry was an essential figure in French cultural life during the 20th century. He became a star of French speaking cinema, making over 80 films during his long career, including classics such as Le Roman d’Un Tricheur, Si Versailles m’etait conté and Les Perles de la Couronne. He has often been described as the “French Noel Coward”. Despite this, his works have not been produced in England since the 1950s.

Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi is the third collaboration between Marianne Badrichani and Edith Vernes after Three Ruptures/Three Splits by Rémi De Vos (London, Beijing) and Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths (London/Paris). Their shows, supported by the French Institute in association with producer Nathalie Berrebi, aim to bring French authors to London, in new translations or
in the original language with English sur-titles.

Directed by Marianne Badrichani, Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi has set and costume design by Lydie Drouillet, lighting by Jean-Luc Chanonat and sound by Lex Kosanke.

Tickets: Available online at theplaygroundtheatre.london/events/sachaguitry/.

Time: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm.

Running Time: 80 minutes.

Also at the Playground Theatre: the world premiere production of Matt Board and Reina Hardy’s Fanatical (until December 8, 2018).