Marivauxs The Dispute now in rehearsal and previews from 24
Final casting has just been completed for the RSC and The Lyric Hammersmiths
co-production of Marivauxs rarely staged The Dispute. The company is Adjoa Andoh
(Carise), Hayley Carmichael (Egle), Martin Freeman (Azor), John Padden (Mesrin), Charlotte
Randle (Adine), Neil Reidman (Mesrou), Crispin Redman (Prince), Chris Robson (Meslis),
Jusith Scott (Hermiane) and Kathleen Tozer (Dina).
Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Neil Bartlett directs his new
translation of The Dispute. Written by Marivaux in 1744, The Dispute was considered
unstageable in his lifetime. It is now regarded as one of his masterpieces. The production
will unite RSCs expertise in staging classical theatre with Neil Bartletts
provocative theatrical vision.
A dark, erotic philosophical comedy revolving around the dispute of the
title, The Dispute endeavours to discover which sex committed the first infidelity. A
prince persuades his fiancée to watch the playing out a cruel experiment: four wild
children, two boys and two girls, who have been reared in isolation since birth, are
released into a garden to see who will sin first.
Neil Bartlett has previously translated Marivauxs The Game Of Love And Chance for
the Royal National Theatre. His other translations of classical French drama include
Racines Berenice, Molieres The School For Wives and The Misanthrope.
Productions he has directed at the Lyric Hammersmith include acclaimed rediscoveries of
Shaw, Wilde, Maugham, Genet and most recently Terence Rattigans Cause Celebre.
This co-production also tours to the Arts Centre, Poole from 23 March and the Theatre
Royal, Brighton from 30 March 3 April 1999.