The Misanthrope

Opens 2nd June!!

The Misanthrope

by Molière

Director: António Carlos Andrade
Designer: Alexandra Bochmann
Musical Directors: Vasco Amores and Ana Jacobetty
Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Sara Dâmaso

Ingredients:

– Molière’s hilarious humour and wit (by the dozens);

– A bunch of annoying teenagers (pleonastic, we know);

– A misanthropic young man (see definition of Misanthrope*);

– Add a spoonful of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic music (to taste);

– Mix it all together until the audience has no choice but to believe that the director is utterly insane!

Molière’s celebrated comedy of manners takes to the Estrela Hall stage on the year of its 350th anniversary. But although it is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of art by one of the world’s greatest playwrights, can the manners so skilfully portrayed in 1666 still resonate with today’s audiences, 350 years later? We believe that this production, by the hand of director António Carlos Andrade (Hay Fever and The Glass Menagerie), using Richard Wilbur’s amazing translation, with a cast of more than 20 young actors and actresses hailing from a number of different nationalities, and a live soundtrack very much “à la Moulin Rouge by Baz Luhrmann”, will prove that the answer is a resounding yes.

* misanthrope (ˈmɪzənˌθrəʊp) or misanthropist

n.: a person who dislikes or distrusts other people or mankind in general

[C17: from Greek mīsanthrōpos, from misos hatred + anthrōpos man]

And, let’s face it, nowadays, who in their right mind isn’t walking around being at least a little bit misanthropic?

Cast: Neil Fitzpatrick, Nina Névoa, Victor Caetano, Mafalda Pereira, Pedro Sousa, Mateus Ochoa, Joana Afonso, João Teixeira, Rita Rocha, Felix Cuvillier, Carolina Brandão, Gonzalo Serrano, Maddy Mason, Cristina Ferreira, Rachel Gomes, Carolina Silva, Laura Campos, Ândria Oliveira, Carolina Rosa, Alice Coelho, Damien Joannes and Lara Toumasyan.

Performances:
2nd – 18th June at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 12th June at 16.00 (4 pm)

To book, please go to Reservations and fill in the form. 

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The Misanthrope production shot

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2016 Timeline of Recent Events

To read more about recent events at Estrela Hall, click here to read our 2016 Timeline of Recent Events.

Proposals for 2016-2017 season

Call for directors’ proposals

for 2016 – 2017 season

The Lisbon Players is now open to written proposals from any potential director whether or not they have worked with us before.

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Workshop in Lighting Design at Estrela Hall

WORKSHOP IN LIGHTING DESIGN:

Rigging, Focusing and Programming Stage Lights at Estrela Hall

20th June-30th June 2016

The objective of these workshops is to train lighting designers for future productions at the Lisbon Players. The workshops will focus on the equipment, the demands and the limitations of the lighting system available at Estrela Hall. The “course” will include theoretical aspects of stage lighting as well as the practical aspects of circuiting, hanging and focusing projectors and programming lights for performance. Previous experience in stage lighting is not necessary but the number of participants will be limited. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT GOING UP AND DOWN LADDERS!

The workshop will consist of 6 sessions of about two hours each, exact dates and times to be confirmed depending on the availability of participants. They will probably be held on some weekday evenings and perhaps a weekend afternoon, between 20th and 30th June.

If you are interested, please contact Keith Esher Davis, the LP resident lighting designer, at keithesher@gmail.com and tell him about your interest in lighting design AND CONFIRM you would be interested in designing lights for future LP productions.  The deadline for this initial show of interest is 1st June, 2016.

Our new 2016/17 committee and an update on Estrela Hall

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, a huge thank you to all who came to the AGM on Sunday 20th March. Vital points were brought up, which the current committee is now committed to discuss and reflect upon.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee is as follows:

Alexandra Bochmann (chairman)
Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Celia Williams
Colin Lee-Warden
Elizabeth Bochmann
Jonathan Weightman
Keith Davis
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (secretary)
Suresh Nampuri

This year the committee has assigned representatives of 3 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Celia Williams: celiawilliams@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Operations department (day-to-day running)
Cassandra Woolford: cassandrawoolford@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull: stephenbull@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you so require.  Of course, you can also contact us via lisplayers@gmail.com  and via our facebook page www.facebook.com/lisbonplayers

Our petition has been gaining huge support, but we need to keep on collecting signatures.  Please share the link with everyone you can think of.  To date we have 1,793 signatures – let’s get to 5,000 soon!

Here is the link again: https://www.change.org/p/sos-estrela-hall-2016

Recent press coverage includes the following link to the programme on TVi last Wednesday http://tviplayer.iol.pt/video/56eb152e0cf25dc1853cf88a, an article in the Portugal News, http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/lisbons-oldest-english-language-theatre-group-fears-eviction-from-home-after-69-years/37731, and another article in last week’s magazine Sábado.

We will update you soon with more information and news of our forthcoming production of Antigone, which opens on April 21st.

Onwards and upwards!

NEWS OF ESTRELA HALL

The President of the Junta de Freguesia of Campo de Ourique, Pedro Cegonho, yesterday proposed to the Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa that they should recommend to the Câmara Municipal (CML) to consider buying the Estrela Site; this was accepted unanimously.

You can see the minutes here:
http://www.am-lisboa.pt/302000/1/004411,000075/index.htm

Lisbon Players have always maintained our wish to continue providing English speaking theatre in Estrela Hall.
This is not only for the British community who we have served for many decades, but also the growing public of English speakers of many origins in Lisbon, not least the Portuguese.

We are now optimistic that the people of Lisbon, through their elected representatives, are seeking a solution that ALL involved can benefit from, be they theatre-goers, patients who might use the British Hospital, others with a historical link to the ‘Estrela Site’ or people who care about Lisbon’s rich history.

Estrela Hall

2015 – 2016 Season

OCTOBER 2015

BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer Comedy

“One of the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language”
Brindsley Miller is a young sculptor who is desperately hoping to impress a prospective investor: an eccentric millionaire art collector who will be visiting his home to view a sculpture. His debutante fiancée has also invited her father over, and in an effort to impress the two guests they “borrowed” some expensive furniture and antiques from their neighbour Harold, without his permission. Chaos ensues when the lights go out, Harold returns home early and Brindsley’s former mistress shows up unexpectedly.

8th – 24th October at Estrela Hall

Directed by Barbara Monteiro

DECEMBER 2015

PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan     Musical

Our second show of the season is the hilarious and melodious tale of timid pirates, lusty maidens and incompetent coppers. This comic opera, which has enjoyed resounding success all over the English-speaking world since its first performance in 1880 now comes, for the first time, to Estrela Hall.

Directed by Jonathan Weightman

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

THREE PLAYS by Jean McConnell     Three one-act comedies

Offering unique and entertaining snapshots into the lives of two women, whether by chance or design, each of the characters in Outdoor Pleasures, Theatrical Digs and Doggies is highly recognisable, highlighting the follies and fancies that are part of our human frailties.

Directed and performed by Amanda Booth, Celia Williams and Elizabeth Bochmann

MARCH 2016

REHEARSED READINGS PLUS A series of Events, mainly for Members

A NIGHT IN LISBON by Erich Maria Remarque    A new adaptation for the theatre

A Night in Lisbon is based on the novel of Erich Maria Remarque, first published in 1961. It recounts just one night at the coast of Portugal in 1942. As a poor young refugee gazes hungrily at a boat bound for America, a stranger approaches and offers him something worth a fortune. He hears a romantic odyssey full of affliction, escapes and near-misses. It tells of one war, and one love between a Jewish refugee and his German wife from an SS-family.
Friday and Saturday 26th & 27th February at Estrela Hall
Directed and adapted from the novel by Tania Kumeda
This is a Members’ Event, but tickets are required (suggested donation 5€).
(You can become a member at the door)

ARSONISTS by Max Frisch    A dark comedy

Fires are becoming something of a problem. But Biedermann has it all under control. A respected member of the community with a loving wife and a flourishing business; surely nothing can get to him. The great philanthropist is happy to meet his civic duty by giving shelter to two new guests but when they start filling his attic with petrol drums, will he help them light the fuse?
A marvellous dark comedy from 1953, by one of the most respected play writers of the early post-war generation.
Friday and Saturday 4th & 5th March
Directed by Rebeca Steingraber Gradíssimo
This is a Members’ Event, but tickets are required (suggested donation 5€).

CASEMENT by Christabelle Peters & Bartholomew Ryan    A new play

Sir Roger Casement: Irish patriot, anti-slavery campaigner, homosexual, traitor … This challenging performance follows the transformations and multiple identities of one of history’s more complicated figures, in the journey from the Congo, the Amazon, and onward to Ireland. Casement is a newly written play to be performed for the first time at Lisbon Players, also commemorating 100 years since the 1916 Rising in Dublin in which Casement was hanged for his involvement. The special two-night debut performance will be followed by an interactive discussion on the man and his times and how this story sheds light on today.
Friday and Saturday 18th & 19th March
Directed by Jonathan Weightman
Two performances only. Followed by discussion with the play’s writers, and open to the public. Tickets 5€

MARCH 20TH 2016 at 11.00

Annual General Meeting (Assembleia Geral)

Your chance to participate in Lisbon Players’ future planning.
20th March at 11.00 at Estrela Hall
Directed by you, our members!!
Refreshments will be provided before and after the meeting. Members only.

APRIL/MAY 2016

ANTIGONE adapted by Suresh Nampuri Existential drama

A celebrated masterpiece from one of France’s most prolific modern writers, Antigone is a taut reworking of the classic Sophoclean tragedy at Thebes, which charts the terrifyingly tender descent of a young woman who has resolved to confront her own heroic destiny, into a poignant tragedy that ultimately lends meaning to her life — and death.

21st April to 7th May at Estrela Hall
Directed by Suresh Nampuri

JUNE 2016

THE MISANTHROPE by Moliére    Comedy of manners

One of the great masterpieces by France’s most celebrated comic dramatist is brought to the 21st century. Honesty and hypocrisy, justice and injustice, the manipulative social games people play, and the conflict between the individual and society take to the stage in this brilliant comedy of manners.

Directed by António Carlos Andrade

Our new logo!

Designed by Miguel Brazete, winner of our Autumn 2014 new logo design competition.

The Lisbon Players

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About Miguel Brazete

About Miguel Brazete

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logo runner up by Joaquim Silva logo runner up by Vera Vaz

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