Matthew Parker prepares revival of Ionesco’s The Lesson for The Hope Theatre

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

Matthew Parker, the artistic director of The Hope Theatre, in London, is at the helm once more for a revival of Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson, at the theatre this autumn.

Said Matthew: “I personally am thrilled to get to direct Ionesco as he is my favourite playwright and I’m delighted that our production will run at the same time at the current revival of Exit The King at the National”.

It is his seventh in-house production with this unflinching and dreamlike comedy-drama bursting on to The Hope Theatre stage from September 25.

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.

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 has something to teach us all.

The Lesson, translated by Donald Watson, will run at The Hope Theatre from September 25 – October 13.

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