Past Production – Les Enfants Du Paradis


A new adaptation and translation by Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto
Based on the film by Jacques Prévert and Marcel Carné
“Dreams and life are the same thing. I don’t think life would be worth it otherwise. Do you think I care about life? I don’t love life, I love you.”

11 – 30 Dec 2006
Arcola Theatre

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Les Enfants du Paradis is the most beautiful love story ever told. Garance, an orphan, is fought over by four very different men – the greatest mime, the finest actor, the richest nobleman and the most prolific criminal of the day. The drama, played out in post-revolutionary Paris, mimics the pantomimes and melodramas that the audience flocked to see, packing the playhouses all the way up to the Gods.

Universally described as the greatest French film ever made, simple8 brings this new adaptation and translation to the Arcola as the perfect alternative to modern pantomime.

“To have made the swirl of passions, betrayals and teeming crowds so exciting and so moving, and on so bare a stage, is a true achievement”
The Times ★★★★★

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David Brett
Katie Cotterell
Christopher Doyle
Hannah Emanuel
Catherine Harvey
Chris Hehir
Charlie Hollway
Tom Mison
Giovanni Palmiero
Emily Pennant-Rea
Darren Smith
Mat Wandless
Annalie Wilson
Tim Wyatt

Adaptation Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto
Director Sebastian Armesto
Designer Nicky Bunch
Movement Allison Cologna & Christopher Doyle
Music David Brett & Hannah Emanuel