Thomas Bernhard / Aurore Fattier
Elisabeth II is one of the funniest and cruellest plays that Thomas Bernhard has ever written. It tells the story of Herrenstein, a disillusioned calculating retired manufacturer, who lives alone with his butler and his housekeeper. He invites Victor, his nephew, to share the incredible view from his balcony on the occasion of the Queen of England’s visit to Vienna. But then he finds his apartment infested with high society that he learned to hate a long time ago. Thanks to the great performance of Denis Lavant, Herrenstein is breathing insolence and develops his existential anxiety and his methodical hate of Austrians. His intransigence and his furious pessimism is taking down the hypocrisy that seems to control every one of his relationships, the affective and monetary interdependence between individuals and humans’ conflicting sense of belonging to society. Here, despair and cynicism are considered as a way of life, even as a reason to live. This play, staged by Aurore Fattier, can be described in three words: scathing, provocative and brilliant.
On 21 November, for his next good plan at the Théâtre de Liège, the CU Festival gives carte blanche to Luik Records, the new home of Liégeoise discs. The label offers the opportunity for folk -songwriter Nikolai Brussels Dumpty live concert. After Elizabeth II show, Luik Records will chain with a DJ set to end the night dancing.
Author Thomas Bernhard
Translator Claude Porte © L’Arche Editeur
Director Aurore Fattier
Assistants Ledicia Garcia
Playwright and artistic collaborator Sébastien Monfè
Scenic designer Valérie Jung
Lighting designer Simon Siegmann
Costumes and accessories designer Prunelle Rulens dit Rosier
Sound designer Brice Cannavo & Jean-Maël Guyot
Video designer Vincent Pinckaers
Make-up and masks designer Zaza da Fonseca
Technical director Fred Op de Beek
Stage designer les ateliers de Théâtre National
With Denis Lavant, Alexandre Trocki, Delphine Bibet, Véronique Dumont, Jean-Pierre Baudson, François Sikivie, Michel Jurowicz.
Executive producer Théâtre de Namur
Co-producers Solarium asbl, Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre Varia / Bruxelles, le manège.mons, Théâtre National / Bruxelles.
Avec l’aide de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / Service Théâtre
Partnership for coproduction and educational actions between the four Centres Dramatiques de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
- 20:00 mardi 17 novembre
- 19:00 mercredi 18 novembre
- 20:00 jeudi 19 novembre
- 20:00 vendredi 20 novembre
- 20:00 samedi 21 novembre