At the Aldwych Theatre in London, the World Theatre Season to celebrate Shakespeare's four-hundredth anniversary has got under way.
At the Aldwych Theatre in London, the World Theatre Season to celebrate Shakespeare's four-hundredth anniversary has got under way. Members of France's Comedie Francaise are presenting Moliere's "Tartuffe" until Friday, when a further group from Paris will be joining them to stage a Georges Feydeau farce.
The Comedie Francaise is the first of seven European companies due to present plays in this theatre in London. As the oldest theatre company in the world, the Comedie Francaise had been given the honour of opening the Season.
During the plays - all performed in their native tongue by the European actors - simultaneous translations into English are being made for members of the audience who do not understand. Small light earphones, constructed on the lines of a lorgnette, pick up a radio signal transmitted from a cubicle at the rear of the theatre in which are seated two translators. It is reported to be a very effective system by audiences who have watched dress rehearsals.