The Playground Theatre has a brush with Picasso for opening

“When I love a woman everything is torn apart, everything, including the woman, including my paintings, including myself. Over this, I have no control”.

London’s newest theatre, The Playground, in Ladbroke Grove, opens next month with the premiere of Terry D’Alfonso’s Picasso, directed by Michael Hunt and starring Peter Tate as the eponymous Spanish artist.

Tate is joined by and international cast led by Adele Oni as Picasso’s lover, French philanthropist, film maker and model Genivieve Laporte; Claire Bowman is Marie Therese Walter, the artist’s model and long time mistress; and Spanish actress Alejandra Costa is Jacqueline Roque, his enigmatic last muse.

Filmed inserts will feature Italian film actress Sandra Collodel as Picasso’s lover Dora Maar; fellow Italian TV star Margot Sikabonyi as Marie Therese Walter; and Russian ballet dancer and stage, television and film actress Milena Vukotic as Picasso’s first wife Olga Khokhlova.

For Pablo Picasso, art and creativity were etched into the soul. It was his reason to be. Yet, he was also driven by his relationship with women.

Picasso was notorious for having many lovers, but his artworks depicting those women are among his most revered paintings.

Terry D’Alfonso’s work explores five of his most significant relationships, all of which had a great effect on his life and work.

What emerges is a revealing portrait of the greatest artist of the twentieth century, his unremitting and unshakeable creative drive and his passionate life and loves.

Co-artistic director of The Playground, Anthony Biggs, said: “We are tremendously excited to launch The Playground Theatre with this visceral and challenging work.

“It is very much a statement of intent. There’s a real buzz about this theatre, a sense of creativity and possibility, and it is exciting to be welcoming in an audience to experience our work for the first time.

“The Playground has always been a place for artists to develop ideas and push boundaries, so it’s fitting that our inaugural production should be about Picasso, one of history’s most influential artists.”

Picasso runs at The Playground Theatre from November 1 – 25.

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