13 July - 7 August
The Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London SW10 9ED
Tickets: £9.90 - £15
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The Cherub Company presents the world premiere of LINGUA FRANCA, directed by Michael Gieleta
Cast: ENZO CILENTI, IAN GELDER, RULA LENSKA, ABIGAIL MCKERN, CHRIS NEW, CHARLOTTE RANDLE, NATALIE WALTER
Lingua Franca follows innocent abroad, Steven Flowers, as he travels from National Service in South-East Asia to 1950’s Florence. He soon finds himself working for a chaotically-run language school, together with a cosmopolitan muddle of seven foreign misfits killing their post-war nihilism in the cafés of Florence.
Based around a leading character in Peter Nichols’ acclaimed work Privates on Parade, Lingua Franca is a fast-paced, sexually-charged story, and both a damning indictment and a celebration of sexual freedom. Playing with notions of xenophobia and deep-seated cultural stereotypes, nationalist foibles and prejudices clash and sparkle to high comic effect as Steven tries to make sense of his own life and a Europe at peace after so many years of war.
Playwright Peter Nichols is a multiple award-winning author of some of the most enduring British plays of the last four decades. With its controversial and subversive range of themes and styles, his work continues to be revived on both sides of the Atlantic. His many plays include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (revived in the last decade in the West End and on Broadway with Clive Owen, Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton), Passion Play (recently seen at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage), Privates on Parade (also revived at the Donmar Warehouse with James McAvoy as Steven Flowers), The National Health (National Theatre).
Polish-born director Michael Gieleta combines work in theatre and opera internationally. His London credits include Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams by Pulitzer-Prize winner Nilo Cruz a the Finborough Theatre, the recent acclaimed revival of Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard (Old Red Lion Theatre), Mimi and the Stalker by Glyn Maxwell (Theatre 503), David Lescot’s Le Mariage and Tena Stivicic’s Fragile! (Arcola Theatre). In October 2010, he will debut at the Wexford Opera Festival with Smetana’s Hubicka. Michael has also worked extensively as an Assistant Director in the West End and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.