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A collection of short plays by "French Noel Coward", Sacha Guitry, at the Drayton Arms

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING sell-out shows in London, Paris and Beijing, director Marianne Badrichani and actress Edith Vernes reunite for a world premiere, a new devised show that includes various short plays by eminent French playwright Sacha Guitry on the 60th anniversary of his death.

Performed in French with English surtitles, Sacha Guitry – My Daughter and I (Sacha Guitry – Ma Fille et Moi) celebrates his undying admiration for women and his particular talent for mixing reality and fiction. It runs at the Drayton Arms Theatre from January 16 to February 3, 2018.

One evening in her dressing room, a distinguished actress talks her daughter through her memories and her tempestuous relationships with partner in crime and playwright Sacha Guitry. It is a kaleidoscope of theatrical adventures and misadventures – or a lesson on how to make a permanent coup de theatre of your life.

Sacha Guitry was also an actor, often in man-about-town roles, which he often wrote himself. He became a star of French speaking cinema, making over 80 films during his long career, including classics such as Le Roman d’Un Tricheur, Si Versailles m’etait conté and Les Perles de la Couronne. He is often described as a “French Noel Coward”.

Edith Vernes and Marianne Badrichani collaborated on previous productions in London including Trois Ruptures/Three Splits by Rémi De Vos, which toured to Beijing, and Ionesco/Dinner at the Smiths, which toured to Paris.

Adapted by Edith Vernes and Marianne Badrichani and translated by Chris Campbell, Sacha Guitry – My Daughter and I is directed by Marianne Badrichani, with set and costume design by Lydie Drouillet, lighting by Jean-Luc Chanonat and sound by Lex Kosanke. Executive producer is Nathalie Berrebi.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions – available online at www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/.

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm.

Running Time: 80 minutes.

Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW50LJ