International news round-up: September 27
Schaubuhne touring show cancelled
CHINA/BEIJING The next stage of a tour of Enemy of the People by Berlin’s Schaubuhne theatre in China has been cancelled at short notice. The production of Ibsen’s polemic on pollution and local politics, directed by Thomas Ostermeier, which played at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, has been told that it will not transfer to the next leg of its planned tour in Nanjing. The production includes a scene in which the cast interacts with the audience, and at the start of the Beijing run it drew audience comments critical of the Chinese government and freedom of speech. After an official request to delete the scene, the company removed the dialogue but instead retained a period of silence period to indicate the absence. However, this failed to discourage further critical comments from the audience. schaubuehne.de/en
Rebel Wilson to be in McDonagh play
Australia/Sydney Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson will appear in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 2019. A graduate of the Australian Theatre for Young People, Wilson’s stage roles have included Miss Adelaide in the West End revival of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre in 2016. Wilson will play the role of Maureen Folan in McDonagh’s play, which she first saw as a 19-year-old when it was staged at STC before going on to perform at the theatre as part of its youth programme. sydneytheatre.com.au
Jan Fabre accused of harassment
BELGIUM/ANTWERP Former employees and interns at Jan Fabre’s theatre Troubleyn in Antwerp have accused the Belgian director and artist of sexism, bullying and other abuses of power and the theatre of complicity in this. In an open letter in Dutch and English entitled “Open letter: #metoo and Troubleyn/Jan Fabre”, published by Belgian arts magazine and website Rekto:verso, 20 people – mostly dancers and female – tell of incidents dating from the late 1990s to the present, including verbal humiliation, “secret” photo sessions and threats to reduce roles in productions. The Troubleyn has responded with its own open letter in which it denounces the accusations as “innuendo” and “painful”, and states that it has called in the Institute for Equality between Men and Women in order to establish a reliable means of communication outside the media. rektoverso.be; troubleyn.be/eng
Al Pacino to appear on Paris stage
FRANCE/PARIS Al Pacino is to appear on stage in France at the Theatre de Paris on October 22-23. The two shows of An Evening With Al Pacino at the 1,100-seat venue mark the first time the US actor has performed on a Paris stage. Pacino, an avowed fan of Moliere and Chekhov, will give highlights from his acting career, which includes The Godfather and Richard III, along with observations on how his life has informed his work. theatredeparis.com
Theatre managers released on bail
IRAN/TEHRAN The managers of a Tehran theatre have been released on bail after their arrest by the Iranian authorities. Director Maryam Kazemi and manager Saeed Assadi of the City Theatre were accused of releasing a trailer condemned as illegal for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The video features men and women dancing together, which contravenes the law in Iran, although the production itself has not raised any issues with the authorities.
Marjanishvili to build theatre town
GEORGIA/TBILISI Georgia’s Marjanishvili State Theatre has announced plans to create a GEL5.5 million (£1.6 million) ‘theatre town’. The Tbilisi-based company will build a new cultural hub situated a 10-minute drive from the capital, near the resort town of Kojori. The complex will include studios and a large rehearsal space and offer residencies for visiting artists. Marjanishvili will keep its current theatre in Tbilisi. Although construction hasn’t yet started, the complex is expected to open in late 2019. marjanishvili.com/en
The International section is co-edited by Ian Herbert and Nick Awde. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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