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Final casting announced for new production of Misanthrope

Le Misanthrope Final casting is announced for a thrilling new production of Misanthrope – to be performed in English and French on different days – starring and directed by Off West End Awards Best Director nominee David Furlong.

Misanthrope will run at Camden Preople’s Theatre from Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 7 July. Press night is Thursday 21 June at 8pm

In an age with ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ make headlines in newspapers and on TV news, Exchange Theatre reimagines Moliere’s satire on the 17th-century French court, The Misanthrope, and relocates it in a 21st century TV newsroom. Costumed in modern dress and surrounded with high tech equipment this production makes relevant this enduring classic as it serves to explore the idea of gossip, innuendo and ultimately fake news. Alceste who despises the attitudes of his time, preferring to avoid flattery or deceit, and telling the truth no matter what the consequences, searching for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery, is a handsome news anchor in love with Célimene, a bright but slightly vain socialite and hard-living gossip columnist.

David Furlong (Alceste) is joined by Fanny Dulin (Arsinoe/Eliante), Anoushka Rava (Célimene), James Buttling (Clitandre), Simeon Oakes (Philinte), Leo Elso (Oronte), Samuel Arnold (Acaste).

The play will be performed in English and French on different days:
English dates: 19 to 21 June, 29 & 30 June, 3 to 5 July 2018
French dates: 22 & 23 June, 26 to 28 June, 6 & 7 July 2018

Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 in London in order to translate and produce unknown or rare French-speaking plays in English. Led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, the company translates plays from major French playwrights for the first time in London and off Broadway. They were resident at the French Institute from 2010 to 2012. In 2017, the company premiered The Doctor in Spite of Himself at Drayton ArmsTheatre and David Furlong was nominated Best Director at the Off West End awards.

David Furlong is the founder and artistic director of Exchange Theatre. He trained in France at the National Theatre of Chaillot. Prior to his training, he was part of a rep company for which he performed many French classics: Moliere, Hugo, Marivaux… In Paris, he worked with many famous directors including Hans Peter Cloos, Deborah Warner and Michel Lopez. His theatre credits in France include Monserrat in Monserrat, the Father in Tatoo, Camille in A Flea in His Ear. In London, he took part in many productions including Love’s Labours Lost, The Rover, Red Oleander, the Rover, Huis Clos, Don Juan. For Exchange Theatre, he was Lucien in Feydeau’s Madame Late’s Mother, Orestes in JP Sartre’s the Flies, Philippe in A Family Affair and Creon in Antigone. Along his writing work (he wrote 12 shows for a children season at the French Institute), he has directed many plays for the company: The Exchange by Paul Claudel, Bal Trap by Xavier Durringer, Business which he also wrote and recently Break of Noon at the Finborough Theatre. In 2016, he directed The Doctor In Spite of Himself and was nominated for Best Director at the Offies. He worked with Joe Hill-Gibbins on the Changeling at the Young Vic. He was also observing director at the Royal Opera House in 2017. His latest theatre credits include playing the title role of MacBeth at the Cockpit (“A talented actor” Plays to See), Sganarelle in Don Juan for Theatre Lab at Hoxton Hall (“The highlight of the evening” “Worth the ticket price for Furlong alone” Fairypowdered) and he is delighted to come back to Alceste (“David Furlong just oozes charisma. You simply cannot take your eyes off when he is on stage ”LPTheatres)

Fanny Dulin is originally from Bordeaux. She trained at the Bridge Theatre Training Company in London. After graduating, she was Christine in Miss Julie, Pilate in The Mystery Plays, Bella in Operation New Life and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She regularly works on film from shorts to big productions (she appeared alongside Johnny Deep in Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton). In 2006, she co-founded Exchange Theatre for which she performs and produced: Marthe in The Exchange (Paul Claudel), Bubble in Bal Trap (Durringer), Adelaide in a House Bath, Yvonne in a Madame’s Late Mother (Feydeau) and Clytemnestra in the Flies (Sartre). She also performed the Parisian comedy Post It for a couple of month at the Café Theatre des Chartrons in Bordeaux. She regularly works at the French Institute where she created their monthly French tales. Being resident there, she performed many times during the “au theatre this Sunday” season: from a little girl in Nuts to a tour guide in Sleeping Beauty. In 2013 and 2014, she was Yolande in A Family Affair, performing in both English and French. Recently, she took the part of the nourrice in Anouilh’s Antigone, Ismene in Et Toi Ismene, directed by Nathalie Adam for Chemistry Theatre, Jacqueline in The Doctor In Spite of Himself and Laurent Gaudet’s Médée Kali at the Voila Festival. She is also the executive director of Exchange Theatre and teaches drama to kids in French.

Anoushka, a French-Iranian actress, started doing impersonations and accents at 5. She attended youth theatre/musical theatre programs from 9 to 15 (Sylvia Young, Cours Simon). After receiving a BA in Global Communications and working as a journalist, she attended the classical acting course at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). After several TV appearances, short films and commercials in Europe, she acted in the feature A Beautiful Now which brought her to LA early 2013. She’s kept busy with commercials (Google, Samsung…), her own short called Connected, selected in international festivals. Back in Europe in 2016, she worked as a producer for commercials in virtual reality and as an actress on the TV series Le Bureau des Légendes, commercials (Magnet Kitchens, Qatar Airways).

James Buttling was born in the UK and raised in France by British parents, after a foundation course at Rose Bruford he graduated with a BA in performing arts from the Universite Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux. After graduating, he joined La Compagnie des Figures, a Bordeaux based theatre company and worked with them for 2 years working on Fassbinder’s plays. After touring Les Ordures, La Ville et La Mort to several cities in the south of France, James decided to move to London, wanting to work in English. His theatre credits include Trisotin in Les Femmes Savantes by Moliere, Romeo in Romeo And Juliette by Shakespeare, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, and most recently The Dwarf in Les Ordures, La Ville et La Mort by Fassbinder.

Simeon trained at Drama Studio London. His professional credits include: Aramis in the BBC’s The Musketeers; Mademoiselle Julie, The Barbican – starring Juliette Binoche; King Henry V and Lancaster in Henry VI, The Union Theatre; Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes, Leicester Square Theatre and King’s Head Theatre; Peer Gynt in Peer Gynt, Riverside Studios; Prince Cyril in Princess Ida, The Finborough; Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Tabard Theatre; Lt. Mulvaney in While The Sun Shines, Pentameters; Secret Cinema’s The Battle of Algiers, Old Vic Tunnels; The Shawshank Redemption; Hotel manager in The Grand Eagle Hotel with Laura Marling; Adam in the premiere of new musical Love Beyond (transferred to Wembley Arena); Simeon was selected to attend a workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company where he met and worked with Hannah Miller and Cicely Berry.

Leo graduated from The MTA London in 2012 with a Diploma in Musical theatre. Theatre credits include: The Astonishing Singing Fish (Crossrail Place, London), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), The Doctor In Spite Of Himself (Drayton Arms Theatre), The Queen Of The Paris Cabaret Saves Father Christmas (Tea House Theatre), Quel Tartuffe! (Vienna’s English Theatre), Project Cyrano (Vienna’s English Theatre), Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Iris Theatre at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden). Léo returns to Exchange Theatre after The Doctor in Spite of Himself in 2016. Other credits include: West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), Douglas Adams – The Party (Hammersmith Apollo) and Cara Salimando – Dust (Music Video). As a composer: Virtual Heroes and Undercover Star, that have been touring to great acclaim in Germany, Austria and Italy. He recently composed brand new music for Drama Centre’s version of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and the Parisian play L’inversion De La Courbe. As a musician, Leo has played around the globe, from New York to Bali, and in such venues as Hammersmith Apollo and The London Palladium. He also was a finalist in The Xmas Factor Christmas Song Competition 2013. He has composed and choreographed for the play Dracula, Unclotted and arranged and choreographed Les Étoiles De La Chanson (European Tour).He just finished the West End run of Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios.

Samuel Arnold started as a professional dancer in Paris, before training as an actor at EICAR in Paris. After working as both a dancer (he took part in France Has Got Talent) and actor in France, he moved to London. There he studied under Giles Foreman and Christopher Fettes, co-founder of Drama Centre. He has appeared in theatre productions such as Barren Spring, Black Battle with Dogs, Franziska, The Bacchae, The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, and many short films including Diamondi and Petit Déjeuner and other TV dramas in France. He is now currently writing/directing/producing his own web series.

Exchange Theatre
by Moliere
directed by David Furlong

Tuesday 19 June – Saturday 7 July
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm
Press night:
Thursday 21 June at 8pm

English dates: 19 to 21 June, 29 & 30 June, 3 to 5 July 2018
French dates: 22 & 23 June, 26 to 28 June, 6 & 7 July 2018

Camden People’s Theatre
58 – 60 Hampstead Road,
Kings Cross,
NW1 2PY, Box Office: 020 7419 4841


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