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Each season, the Théâtre de Carouge runs shows with English subtitles. Check out the date(s) and enjoy the incredible plays hosted or created by the theater.

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand
directed by Jean Liermier
Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 October 2020 at La Cuisine
with English and French surtitles on Saturday 31 October

Ahead of its tour to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and other cities, we revisit one of our most successful shows, which drew almost 12,500 theatre-goers to Carouge in 2017. Cyrano, the man with the enormous nose, has conceived of an ingenious parry to deflect his suffering. When it comes to matters of the heart, the best defence is offence - be it verbal or physical! Through love, he discovers the power of theatre, for it is only in playing another that he can finally be himself, the mask allowing him to be seen at last. An ode to the necessity of art and of writing, carried by the wonderful Gilles Privat, whose performance will strike at your heart.

J.L.

ROOM

by James Thierrée
Tuesday 1 to Tuesday 29 December 2020 at La Cuisine
No performances on 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 25 or 26 December
Special performance Monday 28 December

Following The Frog was Right, his previous Moliere-esque creation which was originated in Carouge, and Raoul, which was inaugurated at La Cuisine, the great James Thierrée returns to enthrall us with his infectious madness: at the centre of ROOM, a mysterious room suffused with light and suspense, is a visceral harmonic and vibratory feast celebrating the meeting of body and music. An artistic explosion to satisfy your every creative yearning.

J.L.

The Tale of Tales

after Giambattista Basile
created and directed by Omar Porras
performed by Teatro Malandro
from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 24 January 2021 at La Cuisine
with English and French surtitles Sunday 17 and Tuesday 19 January

I had the pleasure of attending the final dress rehearsal of The Tale of Tales at our sister-theatre TKM on that fateful Friday 13 March 2020. Everything was ready. The stage was set for a wild party. A kind of musical comedy somewhere between the Grand Guignol, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and an imaginary carnival, with striking technical effects from the grand tradition of theatrical design and actors who sing, dance, and take us by the hand as they weave a constellation of tales that make up the fabric of who we are. But on that day, the 13th of March, everything ground to a halt!  It is with great pleasure therefore that we now bring you this fine vintage Malandro, under the auspices of the visiting Omar Porras.

J.L.

The Comic Tragedy

by Ève Bonfanti and Yves Hunstad
directed by Ève Bonfanti
performed by La Fabrique Imaginaire
Wednesday 3 to Sunday 14 March 2021 at La Cuisine
with English and French surtitles Friday 5 and Sunday 7 March


A timeless gem. I first discovered this delight of a show at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais in 1989, while I was working there to pay for drama school. Every night, I watched the show from the lobby and every night, I couldn’t help but be blown away. In the packed auditorium, the audience was gripped: they roared with laughter and were moved to tears, almost simultaneously. In 2013, we welcomed Bonfanti and Hunstad’s incredible By the Water, a hilarious, off-the-wall show that seemed to write itself before our very eyes, and for me there is no greater tribute to the theatre and its players than to revive this Comic Tragedy - a divine invitation to have a party!

J.L.

Bells and Spells

RESCHEDULING OF CANCELLED
APRIL-MAY 2020 SHOW

by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
with Aurélia Thierrée
Thursday 18 to Wednesday 31 March 2021 at La Cuisine
Additional performances Saturday 20 and 27 March at 3pm


Inanimate objects, have you then a soul that clings to our soul and forces it to love?

This verse by Lamartine perfectly encapsulates the work of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. Imbued with magic and poetry, her world lulls us into a reverie: a wardrobe morphs into an imaginary beast, a hotel door becomes a spell-crafting machine, wallpaper is transformed into a beautiful princess dress... Aurélia Thierrée traverses these tableaus with astonishing lightness and seems to fly on invisible wings... Allow yourself to be swept up in her metamorphoses and be soothed by the balm of this pure visual poetry.

J.L.

Fracasse

after Théophile Gautier
directed by Jean-Christophe Hembert
Tuesday 13 April to Sunday 2 May 2021 at La Cuisine
with English and French surtitles on Friday 16, Sunday 18 and Tuesday 20 April

This faithful adaptation of Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier takes us “sword to the wind” on a bountiful but frenetic crossing that will have you on the edge of your seat with its twists, turns, and cliff-hangers. What will happen to Sigognac, a penniless young baron, when he falls in love with Isabelle, a performer with a travelling troupe of players? The birth of a superhero or the rebirth of a man?
You may already know the director, Jean-Christophe Hembert from his role as Karadoc, the Knight of Vannes, a fixture on the TV series Kaamelot. A close and faithful collaborator of Alexandre Astier, he trained under one of the finest directors of the 20th century, Roger Planchon, as part of the legendary Théâtre National Populaire. From Planchon to Kaamelott, quite the résumé!

J.L.