• Written by critically acclaimed Jean Cocteau, celebrated for iconic works ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ amongst many others
• Gripping one-woman monologue exploring love, loss and life-shattering moments
• Tuesday 2 – Saturday 27 February 2016 at Tabard Theatre
A lonely, middle-aged woman is onstage and her phone rings. On the end of the line is her former lover of five years. He is set to marry someone else the very next day. Everything rests on this final conversation….
Best known for his novel ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ and films ‘Blood of a Poet’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Orpheus’, The Human Voice was written by eminent French surrealist Jean Cocteau in 1930.
Widely considered one of his masterpieces, this iconic one-woman play starring RADA-trained protagonist Lizzie Hopley (‘Roaring Girl’, ‘Jane Eye’ (2013 film), ‘Any Human Heart’) explores human frailty, dashed hopes and those split seconds that can flip your world upside down.
Directed by Alex Sutton (staff director on Emmy-winning ‘Sweeny Todd’) and designed by Off West End award-nominee Michael Leopold, this intimate and captivating monologue set in none other than Paris, the city of love, traces this woman’s mental breakdown throughout this crucial communication.
Since its publication in 1930, film versions soon followed starring Ingrid Bergman in 1967 and more recently Sophia Loren in 2013, as well as inspiring several versions worldwide, including Francis Poulenc’s 1959 mesmerising opera adaptation.