Thursday, 25 March 2010

Sweet Nothings – a tale of love and longing

Luc Bondy, one of Europe’s most celebrated directors, returned to the Young Vic this spring to stage
Arthur Schnitzler’s classic Liebelei in a new version by Olivier Award-winning playwright David Harrower.
This exciting production, entitled Sweet Nothings, now comes to Northampton's Royal stage,
from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 April.
poster shot photographer Rachel Walz

Four young people are about to risk everything in a tragic game of love, lust and adultery.
A young man has an affair with a married woman.
He is terrified her husband will challenge him to a duel and kill him. At a party,
he flirts with a girl who believes she is truly loved. Life seems full of joy. The doorbell rings. The husband enters the room...

production shot
photographer Rachel Walz

Set against a backdrop of Viennese decadence, Sweet Nothings explores the power of sexual longing,
the cruelty of tradition and the vulnerability of those in love. Arthur Schnitzler, an acquaintance of Freud,
novelist and playwright, was the great chronicler of Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century.
His play La Ronde caused outrage when it was first performed and still creates scandal today.
Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was based on his Dream Story.

The cast includes Kate Burdette, who appeared in the 2008 film The Duchess,
Natalie Dormer who was Anne Boleyn in BBC TV's The Tudors, and Jack Laskey,
recently seen in As You Like It at The Globe. Luc Bondy is the artistic director of Wiener Festwochen,
and has directed at most of the major theatres and opera houses in Germany, France and Austria,
making his British debut at the Young Vic in 2004 with Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender.

David Harrower’s many plays include the Olivier Award-winning Blackbird (West End and Broadway) and Knives in Hens,
which has been performed in more than 20 countries.

A captivating tale of young love and longing which has garnered great critical acclaim.

Sweet Nothings

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Sweet Nothings

Tickets Tue 13 Apr - Sat 17 Apr
Venue: Royal
An allocation of free tickets will be available for under 26s as part of the ongoing free ticket initiative, A Night Less Ordinary
Call for more details.

(to read the full review, click on the publication name below)
★★★★The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Financial Times

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