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Martin Crimp

[EN] Following the unanimous acclaim for her production of Stupid Fucking Bird last season, director Anne Simon now tackles an early play by one of Britain’s most exciting playwrights to emerge in the 1980s: Martin Crimp. Dealing with Clair appears to be a simple study of the real estate business. However, it ultimately turns out to be about the psychological violence of a white-collar world where money talks, the moral ambivalence of the middle classes and about men’s abuse and belittlement of women. Crimp’s portrayal of a dog-eat-dog world might be even more accurate today than it was 30 years ago when the play was originally written.

The yuppie couple Mike and Liz are anxious to sell their London house. They tell their estate agent Clair that they want to act honourably and accept the first offer at their already inflated asking price. But then James enters the scene, an enigmatic picture-dealer with a higher cash bid and unfathomable motives. Quickly all ethical notions go out of the window. Clair is caught in the middle of the couple’s double dealings and receives slightly too much attention by both the male seller and the potential buyer …

Crimp excels at dissecting how language can camouflage people’s baser actions: it conceals the loss of ethical standards and reveals the greed, sex and crime that reign right underneath the surface. Together with their cast, Anne Simon and her collaborator Tom Dockal will explore, in a detective-like manner, the possible realities of a murder that might not even have happened. For the second time they will team up with set and costume designer Clio Van Aerde. In Ballardian fashion, the set will become yet another intrusive character in a creepy and mysteriously hostile world of appearances and equivocation.

» … smart, hugely entertaining and strangely moving. Delano on Stupid Fucking Bird, Duncan Roberts

» … ce Stupid Fucking Bird d’Anne Simon tire ses subtilités d’une grande maîtrise du langage de Posner, d’une scénographie marquante et attirante, mais aussi et surtout d’une posture générale de mise en scène qui fait de ce spectacle une réussite. D’Lëtzebuerger Land à propos de Stupid Fucking Bird, Godefroy Gordet

With Matthew Brown, Whitney Fortmueller, Elisabet Johannisdottir, Raoul Schlechter, Hana Sofia Lopes, Jules Werner
Director Anne Simon
Assistant Director Tom Dockal
Set & Costume design Clio Van Aerde
Production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg


Mardi 26 NOVEMBRE 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Jeudi 28 NOVEMBRE 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Mardi 3 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Mercredi 4 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
Samedi 7 DÉCEMBRE 2019 à 20h00 (tickets)
DURÉE inconnue, spectacle en création

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert at 7.30pm before every performance (EN).

Meet the artistic team after the second performance
Adultes 20 €, 15 €, 8 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu
Lieu: Théâtre des Capucins