Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

An Italian Straw Hat
by Eugène Labiche
Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

Richelieu

8 October 2014 - 14 January 2015

Richelieu

Un chapeau de paille...

2014-10-08 00:00:00 2015-01-14 00:00:00

The day of his wedding, Fadinard finds himself caught up in an incredible spiral of events in pursuit of a straw hat.

That very morning his horse ate the hat belonging to Ms. Anaïs Beauperthuis in the middle of her rendezvous with her lover. Fadinard is then obliged to frantically search for a replacement hat, strictly identical to the first, as the lady’s husband –who has barricaded himself in his house– is a violent and jealous man. To avoid arousing the suspicions of his future father-in-law, who arrives with the entire wedding party, he embarks the latter on his mad quest, which leads him to a milliner, who sends him to call on a duchess, who sends him to... the house of the fickle lady’s husband. A series of misunderstandings have him finish his chase outside his own home, where the police end up arresting the entire wedding party for disturbing the peace.


Eugène Labiche, the author
Eugène Labiche was born the son of a wealthy industrialist in Paris in 1815. In 1837, along with Auguste Lefranc and Marc-Michel, he founded a theatrical production association, which he liked to call a “drama factory”. It was the beginning of a career that was to make him –with various collaborators along the way– the absolute master of comedy and vaudeville before the torch was passed on to Georges Feydeau. At his peak, he produced up to twenty successful plays a year in a number of theatres, including at the Comédie-Française. His one hundred and eighty plays include The Lourcine Street Affair, Mr Perrichon’s Holiday and Let’s Embrace, Folleville!. His talent, which goes beyond a mastery of the comic genre, makes him a precursor of the theatre of the absurd. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1880, and died, laden with honours, in 1888.

Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, the director
Giorgio Barberio Corsetti founded his first company, the Gaia Scienza, in 1976. It now bears the name Fattore K, in tribute to Franz Kafka, whose work he adapted for the stage over a number of years. A director with a European reputation, working in Italy and Portugal as well as in France, Barberio Corsetti has been invited to many festivals –including Avignon– and from 1999 to 2001 was artistic director of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale. His repertoire encompasses Ovid, Shakespeare, Pirandello, Goldoni and Rodrigo Garcia. Paris audiences were able to see his staging of Howard Barker’s The Cry and Dimitris Dimitriadis’ The Circle of the Square at the Théâtre de l’Odéon. Alongside these activities, he has directed operas at La Fenice in Venice, La Scala in Milan or at the Châtelet theatre in Paris. Here, he is taking on a masterpiece of comic theatre to explore how –in that eccentric manner– the idea of “fate” takes the form of a simple hat that is sold, given, lost, destroyed and found once more.

Duration

2:40 WITH AN INTERMISSION

Venue
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Creative team

Direction: Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
Direction assistant: Raquel Silva
Scenography: Giorgio Barberio Corsetti et Massimo Troncanetti
Costumes: Renato Bianchi
Lights: Fabrice Kebour
Original soundtrack, musical direction and songs: Hervé Legeay
Make-up: Carole Anquetil
Make-up assistant: Laurence Aué

Distribution

the company

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    Véronique
    Vella

    Anaïs, femme de Beauperthuis (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-cecilebrune

    Cécile
    Brune

    La Baronne de Champigny (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-celinasamie

    Céline
    Samie

    Clara, la modiste

    See biography
  • push1718-laurentnatrella

    Laurent
    Natrella

    Émile Tavernier, lieutenant

    See biography
  • push1718-juliesicard

    Julie
    Sicard

    Anaïs, femme de Beauperthuis (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-bakarysangare

    Bakary
    Sangaré

    Tardiveau, teneur de livres

    See biography
  • push1718-christianhecq

    Christian
    Hecq

    Nonancourt, pépiniériste

    See biography
  • push1718-gillesdavid

    Gilles
    David

    Vézinet, sourd

    See biography
  • push1718-clementhervieuleger

    Clément
    Hervieu-Léger

    Félix, domestique de Fadinard (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-nazimboudjenah

    Nâzim
    Boudjenah

    Beauperthuis

    See biography
  • pierre-niney

    Pierre
    Niney

    Fadinard, rentier (en alternance)

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    Adeline
    d'Hermy

    Hélène, fille de Nonancourt

    See biography
  • push1718-danielelebrun

    Danièle
    Lebrun

    La Baronne de Champigny (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-jenniferdecker

    Jennifer
    Decker

    Virginie, bonne chez Beauperthuis

    See biography
  • push1718-elliotjenicot

    Elliot
    Jenicot

    Achille de Rosalba, jeune lion

  • louis-arene

    Louis
    Arene

    Félix, domestique de Fadinard (en alternance)

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    Benjamin
    Lavernhe

    Fadinard, rentier (en alternance)

    See biography
  • push1718-christophemontenez

    Christophe
    Montenez

    Bobin, neveu de Nonancourt

    See biography

The Comédie-Française Academy

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    Claire
    Boust

    La Noce

  • pushewencrovella

    Ewen
    Crovella

    La Noce

  • pushcharlottefermand

    Charlotte
    Fermand

    La Noce

  • pushthomasguene1415

    Thomas
    Guené

    La Noce

  • pushsolennlouer

    Solenn
    Louër

    La Noce

  • pushvalentinrolland1415

    Valentin
    Rolland

    La Noce

et les musiciens
Christophe Cravero : violon, batterie (en alternance)
Jérémie Pontier : accordéon, batterie (en alternance)
Hervé Legeay : guitares
Hervé Pouliquen : guitares, basse, cavaquinho

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