Théâtre de la Ville–Paris
Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello

4 - 7 February 2015 / 19:45

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Pirandello’s Nobel Prize-winning play takes on a disturbing immediacy in the hands of innovative French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his world-class ensemble.

Interrupting a theatre company in the midst of rehearsals, a dysfunctional family makes the strangest of claims: they are unfinished characters in need of a new author who will complete their story, freeing them from eternal limbo. Intrigued, the director agrees to turn their troubling tale into a drama but as a performance of sorts unfolds, actors and characters, reality and illusion, soon collide.

This dream-like production releases the mystery, chaos and darkness at the heart of Pirandello’s absurdist classic. The 14-strong cast brings a fiery dynamism to the surreal interplay between two tribes of hopelessly divided human beings.

A young director who infuses his work with ‘a rare mastery’ (Télérama), Demarcy-Mota presented another absurdist play, Ionesco’s Rhinocéros, to sold-out houses here in 2013.

‘An unmissable moment of theatre’ Le Monde (France)

1 hour 50 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains nudity)

Performed in French with English surtitles

5 Feb
Post-show talk with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and members of the company

Free to same-day ticket holders

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Part of Theatre & Dance
Part of French artists


Presented by the Barbican

Produced by Théâtre de la Ville–Paris and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

French artists at the Barbican supported by the
French artists at the Barbican supported by the


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