Anouilh Plays: Bk. 1: Antigone, Leocardia, The Waltz of the Toreadors, The Lark, Poor Bitos

Author(s): Jean Anouilh

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A selection of the most enduring work of one of this century's best-known French playwrights Jean Anouilh (1910-87) along with Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, was at the forefront of the post-war generation of playwrights in Paris. In England his plays were championed by Peter Brook. Antigone is a response to the German occupation of France and established his popularity in 1944 (the Germans ironically, thought that it was a pro-Nazi in its portrayal of King Creon and thus allowed its production); Poor Bitos, Anouilh's angriest play explores the act of judicial murder and The Lark is a version of the Joan of Arc story. All three plays show his fondness for reworking myth, history and legend. Meanwhile Leocadia, about an opera singer who dies after a three day love affair with a prince and The Waltz of the Toreadors, about a general whose mistress attempts to prove his wife's infidelity, represent another talent - for ironic, modern comedy."Anouilh is a poet but not a poet of words, he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." (Peter Brook)

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"Anouilh is a poet but not a poet of words, he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." Peter Brook, Director

Antigone; Leocardia; The Waltz of the Toreasors; The Lark; Poor Bitos

General Fields

  • : 9780413140302
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Methuen Drama
  • : December 1987
  • : 178mm X 111mm X 27mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 842.912
  • : Paperback
  • : Jean Anouilh
  • : black & white illustrations
  • : 448