Diary of Events
26th to 30th of May 2018

To mark this year’s focus on contemporary writing, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg join forces with Birmingham Repertory Theatre to commission a series of short plays by writers from Luxembourg and the UK on the topic of the various pressures on today’s generation Z. During a research residency in Birmingham and a rehearsal period in Luxembourg, six different plays will be developed and presented as rehearsed readings during the TalentLAB#18. All 6 authors were given the following brief for their play:

The brief

The struggle to succeed has never been more complex than for today’s generation Z. Amidst the challenges of making the right career choices in a global market, the increasing loneliness in a world where communication happens increasingly on social media, how does the Snapchat-generation deal with the pressures of making it and becoming independent individuals? If the step onto the property ladder is becoming ever more elusive and today’s young keep getting more and more disillusioned about the growing inequality in our societies and the erosion of social values, where do they turn to find comfort and help? With the bitter consequences of austerity, disappearing support networks as well as diminishing prospects and future hopes, are we heading towards an identity crisis of massive proportions?

The results of this international collaboration in association with the Centre national de littérature can be seen at the Théâtre du Centaure. The short plays will act as curtain raisers during the ten days of the TalentLAB.

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Théâtre du Centaure
The Guys
30th & 31st May and 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th June

Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg presents The Guys

by Anne Nelson

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Bamhaus: 18A / 18D rue de la Cimenterie, L-1337 Luxembourg-Dommeldange
LEAPA Theatre Makeup Workshop
Saturday 2nd June 2018

Stage Makeup Intermediate level -

Professional artist Natalia Sanchez will give an intermediate level workshop on Saturday, 2 June (14.00-17.00).

The workshop costs €55 for members and €60 for non-members and the price covers all materials.

Please subscribe to info@leapa.eu

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Foyer Europeen
LEAPA: MM Play Reading - Murder Mystery Play Reading
Tuesday 26th June 2018

Since the next Murder Mystery Dinner is planned only in March 2019, we would like to invite the Mystery enthousiasts to the second best thing - The Murder Mystery Play Reading!

Please save the date, more information will be posted in a due time.

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Foyer Europeen
27th to 29th November 2018

Be prepared to enter seventies Britain with Donna Summer’s music top of the hit parade and adults behaving disgracefully in Mike Leigh’s hilarious masterpiece of situation comedy, Abigail’s Party. Leigh insists that it was never his intention to write a reflection of the “state of the nation”, but rather the play came from an intuitive sense of the spirit of the times, and from a growing personal fear of, and frustration with, the suburban existence.

Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newly wed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter. Over a stack of cheesy-pineapple sticks, small talk and splashes of alcohol, the appalling host’s soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect.

Director Douglas Rintoul’s outstanding productions, Design for Living, Closer, Invisible, As You Like It and his 2017 production, The Crucible have in the past enthralled Luxembourg audiences. For this original but faithful look at an iconic classic he's collaborating with the brilliant production designer Lee Newby, fresh from his West End hit, Labour of Love. Abigail’s Party is a co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

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Grand Théâtre / Studio
11th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd of January 2019

Following her critically acclaimed production of Kindertransport, which premiered at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch to rave reviews and then toured Luxembourg and the UK, Anne Simon returns this season with a repertoire she loves and handled so well in her production of All New People in 2016: the edgy, witty, and dark American comedy.

Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird is an irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s famous The Seagull, containing all the intensity, tragedy and most importantly the humour which Chekhov was a master at, while maintaining the essence of Chekhov’s iconic story – and the bird in the title.

Kind, hopeful Dev suffers from an unrequited love for Mash, who is desperately in love with Con, a passionate playwright, who is deeply in love with Nina, his beautiful, vibrant muse, who seems to love him back, until she becomes entranced by Trigorin, a literary star who happens to be dating Con’s mother Emma, a successful, but terribly commercial actress – in the eyes of her son. With a dead bird, a gun, and a little help from the audience, Con might be able to win Nina’s heart again or at least feed his own tentative, morbid creativity...

In this funny and compassionate reboot of Chekhov’s classic, Posner has created a strong, energetic ensemble piece, a hilarious and moving meditation on love, life, and art. Whereas The Seagull already deals with the timeless battle between young and old, past and present, theatre and reality in search of the true meaning of it all, Posner’s template will see Anne Simon take this premise a step further. She intends to push the boundaries of the play within a play as her version will see a troupe of mixed international actors try to mount the Russian dramatist’s expectationladen coming-of-age story. In the process, they might well end up facing the same questions and struggles as the characters in the play: reconsidering how art, love, and revolution fuel their own individual pursuit of happiness.

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Théâtre des Capucins
New World Theatre Club: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
February 27-March 3 2019

directed by John Brigg.

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Kultuhaus, Mersch