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La Surprise de l’Amour

Lovestruck

by Marivaux

in French with English surtitles

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SPECIAL SCHOOLS MATINEES  NOT 2 BUT NOW 4 – Fri 9 + Sat 10 + Fri 16 + Sat 17 August 2024

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PERFORMANCE SEASON

2 weeks – Tues 6 August 2024 to Sat 17 August 2024 inclusive [2 split weeks]

Duration : approximately 70 minutes no interval

14 SHOWS!

WEEK 1 – 7 shows – Tues 6 August to Sat 10 August 2024 inclusive

Evenings [5]: **Tues 6 August 2024 [AGAIN! sneak preview dress rehearsal] to Sat 10 August 2024 inclusive all at 8pm
Matinees [2]: Fri 9 August 2024 and Sat 10 August 2024 both at 2.30 pm

WEEK 2 – 7 shows – Tues 13 August to Sat 17 August 2024 inclusive

Evenings [5]: Tues 13 August 2024 to Sat 17 August 2024 inclusive all at 8pm
Matinees [2]: Fri 16 August 2024 and Sat 17 August 2024 both at 2.30 pm

PLEASE COMMUNICATE TO YOUR FRENCH OR LOTE AND DRAMA DEPARTMENT AS IT HAS ENGLISH SURTITLES! WHAT A WONDERFUL UNIQUE LIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR STUDENTS ! DON’T LET THEM MISS OUT!

 Booking fee per booking is $20. Credit card fee is 1.6% in addition to ticket prices on tickets.

La Surprise de l’amour is a three-act romantic comedy by French playwright Marivaux. Its title is usually translated into English as The Surprise of Love. La Surprise de l’amour was first performed on 3 May 1722 by the Comédie Italienne at the Hotel de Bourgogne in Paris. In this play, a man and a woman who’ve sworn off love are tricked by their servants into falling in love with each other.

Like many of Marivaux’s other comedies, La Surprise de l’amour makes use of stock characters from the Commedia dell’arte. In this play, Arlequin and Columbine are featured.

Théophile Gautier considered this to be Marivaux’s finest work.

Plot summary

After having been betrayed by a woman, Lélio renounces love and retires to the countryside with his valet, Arlequin, whose adventures in love are similar. Arlequin, who loves everything about women, including their faults, struggles with the task of forgetting them. One of Lélio’s servants, Jacqueline, hopes to marry Pierre, a servant at the nearby home of the countess. Lélio refuses to allow the two to marry, as he imposes his own viewpoint on his entire household.

The countess, who herself refuses to love men, comes to intervene. Despite the fact that Lélio and the countess swear not to fall in love, a friend of Lélio predicts that this will come to pass. The countess decides to avoid Lélio, but in doing so, she earns his respect and sets in motion the ideas of her servant Columbine. Through the machinations of Columbine and Arlequin (who in turn fall in love themselves), the countess and Lélio ultimately end up together. The play ends with three happy couples: Lélio and the countess, Arlequin and Columbine, and Pierre and Jacqueline.

French

Après avoir été trahi par des femmes, Lélio et son valet Arlequin se retirent à la campagne, coupant ainsi avec l’autre sexe. Bien qu’emprunts de nostalgie et de désir, ils se défendent de succomber à nouveau aux charmes des femmes. Leurs nouvelles voisines fraichement arrivées de Paris, la Comtesse et sa servante Colombine, sont peu ou prou dans les mêmes dispositions d’esprit envers les hommes.

Mais ceux-ci vont rapidement être amenés à se rencontrer et vont déployer des trésors d’imagination pour se convaincre… qu’ils ne s’aimeront pas. Ainsi s’ouvre un ballet de faux semblants et de manigances, orchestré par Colombine et par le mystérieux Baron.

Qui entrera dans la danse ? Qui en sortira ? Reste-t-on indemne d’un jeu amoureux ?

TERMS + CONDITIONS

STUDENT TICKETS still only $ 22
GROUP CONCESSIONS: see Pricing Policy

TEACHERS : arrive 30 minutes before show start

1 Teacher free per each FULL group of 10 students [i.e. 27 students = 2 free teachers] Otherwise teachers pay a concession price of $36 in lieu of $41
Group Concessions for groups of 40 or more [$20 per student in lieu of $22] Booking fee per school and per show booking is $20

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DETAILS

  1. FREE RESUMES FOR SCHOOLS
  2. Suitable Years 9 to 12 and Years 7 and 8 [IF immersion]
  3. Duration : approximately 90 minutes without interval
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LANGUAGE

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