the lesson

writer: EUGENE IONESCO (translation: DONALD WATSON) / director: MATTHEW PARKER
25 Sept - 13 Oct
7.45pm
£15/12
Tues to Sat only. No show Sun/Mon.

“Note this carefully, and remember it ‘till the day you die…”

When an enthusiastic young student arrives at The Professor’s house for her lesson, she is wide-eyed and ready to learn. But no amount of studying can prepare her for the odyssey that lies ahead. This unflinching and dreamlike comedy-drama bursts on to The Hope Theatre stage this autumn under the direction of its award-winning Artistic Director, Matthew Parker

More than 50 years since its UK premiere , Eugene Ionesco’s dark comic-drama still packs one hell of a punch. The French playwright’s radical views on education, life and death are laced through this funny, disturbing and gripping look at the tyrannical nature of power, the dangers of enforced education and how words can be used as weapons. With broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, THE LESSON is a theatrical experience you will never forget.

Reviews of this show: –

★★★★★ “A first-class, riveting revival. Highly recommended” Act Drop
★★★★★ “Gripping… A masterclass in absurdity” The Review Chap
★★★★★ “Theatrically wonderful… Another stunner from The Hope” IThankyou Theatre
★★★★★ “A great play and an incredible experience” National Student Magazine
★★★★★ “I strongly recommend this eternally relevant play” Theatre Box Blog
★★★★ “A watertight new production by director Matthew Parker” The Stage
★★★★ “Gripping… A high-grade lesson in theatre making” Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ “Unmissable opportunity to see absurdist classic done well” British Theatre
★★★★ “Moments of sheer brilliance.” London Pub Theatres
★★★★ “Packs an almighty punch” Close Up Culture
★★★★ “From peculiar to downright disturbing” Breaking The Fourth Wall
★★★★ “A breath of icy, harsh air. Highly recommended” Unity Arts London
★★★★ “Matthew Parker’s clever new production of Ionesco’s play” Broadway World UK
★★★★  “A dramatic, concordant production.. Vicious and playful” Miro Magazine
★★★★ “Gruesome, accessible and highly accomplished” Views From The Gods

Nominated for 4 Off West End Awards

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 70mins without interval and contains scenes of violence. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

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A tender, graphic exploration into sex, pleasure and taboo.

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