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La Comédie-Française to perform in Sofia

Date: 08.11.2008

You love France, you know you do, particularly French comedy. It so happens that November 13 and 14 2008 are your lucky days, with renowned French theatre la Comédie-Française coming to Ivan Vazov National Theatre in Sofia to present two plays to the Bulgarian public.

Part of the European Cultural Season of France's rotating European Union presidency, the Comédie-Française's stop in Bulgaria takes place during the troupe's Eastern European tour, during which it is also visiting the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland.

The two plays to be staged in Sofia are La Festa, by Italian playwright Spiro Scimone, and Les Précieuses ridicules, by French playwright Molière. There will be an intermission between the two.

La Festa, written in 1997, addresses family relations and how biting they can be, as seen during a couple's 30th wedding anniversary party. The play was first directed by Galin Stoev in 1999, who will be back in his Bulgarian homeland for the November 13 and 14 stagings.

Molière's Les Précieuses ridicules will offer an historic contrast to Scimone's modern script. Written and premiering in 1659 in Paris, the one-act play satirises the precocities of high society ladies. On this tour of la Comédie-Française, it is directed by Dan Jemmett.

The Comédie-Française was created by Louis XIV in 1680, making it one of the oldest theatrical institutions existent in the world. The performances at Ivan Vazov National Theatre take place in French, with Bulgarian supertitles.

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