La Bête

By David Hirson

La Bête
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ISBN: 9781848421141
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 24th June 2010
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Broadway, 1991; Lyric Hammersmith, 1992

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Written in a blaze of rhyming couplets, La Bête is an exuberant, wildly distinctive comedy that encompasses timeless concerns about life and art.

Olivier Award for Best Comedy 1992

Elomire, high-minded head of the Royal theatre troupe, is incensed. His patron, the Princess, has decreed that the Court ensemble admit a new actor – the scandalously boorish street entertainer, Valere. With Elomire’s pride and the troupe’s livelihood on the line, the company is duty-bound not only to accept the outrageous troubadour, but to perform one of his ludicrous plays, an event that has dramatic consequences for them all.

'A gutsy, genuinely original writer who revels in extremes of intellectual virtuosity and pop culture savvy’

- Newsday

'A tour-de-force that dazzles the audience'

- Time Out

'Wow!... Grown-up panto, clever and deep... you’ll never see anything quite like it again'

- The Times

'This is a play that is all about language. It is clever without being highbrow. It treats the audience with intelligence but it is still accessible...Challenging, certainly but anyone brave enough to take this on would surely find the experience most rewarding.'

- Amateur Stage

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