Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, December 27, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Performing Shakespeare in French Unknown actors tackle tough task PARIS (Reuter) In a crumbling theatre in a work- ing-class district of Paris a group, of unknown actors are performing Shakespeare in French. Their theatre looks like a ruin and their play, Timon of Athens, is not one of the bard's best-known works. But their director is Peter Brook, one of the most respected in his field. Brook, 49, is a co-director of Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company and his highly in- ventive production of A Mid- summer Night's Dream for that comnanv in 1970 was ac- claimed by critics the world over. A succession of triumphs with the company led to of- fers from all over the world to direct plays, operas and films. Instead, he chose in 1971 to set up a small avant-garde company of actors and tech- nicians, known as the Inter- national Theatre Research Centre and chose Paris as its base. The aim was to create a form of theatre which would fulfil Brook's artistic goals- more direct communication between actors and audience which would recreate the LABOR CLUB Corner 2nd Ave. and 13th St. North WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT in the Clubrooms Friday, December 27th "THE SABRES" Saturday, December 28th "ANYTHING GOES" NEW YEAR'S EVE TICKETS NOW ON SALE Members and Invited Guests! HOTEL NEXT WEEK NIGHTLY LOUNGE ENTERTAINMENT LILLY LARTER CHRISTMAS MATINEE SMORGASBORD Dec. 28 12 Noon to 2 p.m. PARK PLAZA MOTOR HOTEL Presents GEORGE DE SOUZA in two SPECIAL CHILDREN'S MATINEES ADULTS CHILDREN Includes Smorgasbord mosphere in which Shake- speare was originally per- formed. After intense rehearsing in Paris, the centre's permanent troupe of 12 actors has been on tours of Iran, West Africa and the United States since 1971. The centre now is installed for the first time in a per- manent home, the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in a dingy area of northern Paris, where their production of Timon of Athens is running. Built in 1876, the Bouffes du Nord had a classical and then a revolutionary repertoire be- fore it became a music hall. Abandoned for nearly 25 years, the walls of the theatre have been hastily retouched with plaster and the orchestra seats ripped out. Even the stage has been demolished. The actors play in an area where the seats used to be, with a gaping hole and a huge blank wall behind them. The theatre was saved from conversion to a garage when an Italian-born mason bought it for francs in 1968. Neither the mason, 62-year old Narciso Zecchinel, nor Brook, wants to alter the de- crepit state of the theatre. Despite its condition, theatre critics from all over Europe have flocked to see Brook s latest production. Most have thought it brilliant, some have thought it perplexing and obscure but all agree that it is an extraor- dinary piece of theatre. Apart from the strange sur- roundings, the actors wear a bewildering variety of cos- tumes and dash in and out of the acting area from all over the auditorium. Curious chanting and well-designed lighting add to the strange at- mosphere. The problems which mod- ern English audiences some- times have with the Elizabe- than language of their na- tional bard are overcome by a crisp modern French trans- lation. Your Business Associates Will Be Staying At The JWotcl Fernie B.C. Color TV DD Telephones See You There! Reserve 423-4438 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "MAME" starring Lucille Ball. Friday, Saturday, De- cember 27, 28. Friday Shows at and p.m. FAMILY MIDNIGHT PREVIEW "NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER" starring Christopher Lee and Marie Schell in color. Friday, December 27 shows at and p.m. ADULT PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre Walt Disney's "THE BEARS AND I" Friday, Saturday, December 27, 28. shows at and p.m. FAMILY TABER Tower Theatre "MY NAME IS NOBODY" Friday, Saturday, December 27, 28, shows at and p.m. SATURDAY MATINEE "SAMSON AND DELILAH" Saturday, December 28 shows at p.m. THE LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Season (Second Session) REHEARSALS: Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Monday evenings 7-10 p.m. Commencing January Current vacancies: French Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Reasonably experienced instrumentalists are invited to contact: LUCIEN NEEDHAM, CONDUCTOR 329-2337: (business hours) 328-5601: (residence) Scholarship programme: Details upon request Back on Broadway Oscar winner Joel Grey is at the top of a human pedestal of chorus boys as he goes through dance routine for his new musical "Goodtime Charley" in New York. Grey's last role on Broadway, was in "Cabaret" five years ago, the role that won him a Tony award and sent him to Hollywood to snare an Oscar for the movie version. Gov 9t seeks way to assist Centre OTTAWA (CP) The cabinet has been saddled with finding a way to rehabilitate the crumbling and financially- troubled Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. The centre, built as a federal-provincial project 10 years ago to mark the centen- nial of the 1864 Charlottetown conference of the Fathers of Confederation, has been an ar- tistic success. But financially, for lack of attention, the building has rapidly become a burden. Some of the retaining walls around it have fallen, and theatre equipment needs replacement. Jack MacAndrew, the centre's theatrical producer, said recently the roof leaks like a sieve, and the lighting system might blow up. When the centre was built for million, a board of trustees was established with provincial representation to maintain the centre as a-com- memoration of the Confedera- tion spirit. But the whole pro- ject has proved to be under- financed for capital repairs and upkeep. The federal works depart- ment recently was called in to survey the building, which houses a theatre, an art gallery, and Confederation commemorative halls. The department certified that the building indeed need- ed urgent repairs. But it is not a federal works department building. The problem then was re- ferred by the secretary of state department to the COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT CITY OF LETHBRIDGE Public Swimming, Skating, and Museum Dec. Die. Die. 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It also is the home of the an- nual Charlottetown Festival, held during the height of the island's summer tourist season. This has produced the long-run musical comedy, Anne of Green Gables, based on the stories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. MacAndrew said that the 1974 festival was the most successful yet, and this winter the centre will have three shows touring the country: Feux Follets, Anne, and last summer's hit rock musical version of Hamlet.' Home grants starting immediately OTTAWA (CP) The government will begin paying immediately cash grants to first time buyers of new, moderately priced homes, Urban Affairs Minister Barney Danson said Tuesday. Mr, Danson said in a prepared statement that of- fices of the Central Mortage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) across the country now will receive grant applications, process those already in hand and begin issuing cheques to qualified home buyers. Actor dies ROME (AP) Fosco Giachetti, popoular Italian stage and screen actor, died here of a heart ailment, his family said Thursday. He was 70. Appeals court agrees movie was obscene ALBANY, N.Y. The New York State Court of Appeals has agreed with lower courts that Deep Throat was obscene, but said that the fine for show- ing the movie was too severe. The court, in a 5-2 decision, ordered the case to be return- ed to lower courts and a new fine levied against the ex- hibitors. college cinema STARTING SUNDAY MATINEES ONLY Matinees only Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Box Office opens p.m. Show at p.m. KIDS FAMILY The lest Howl mtSat Unleashed1 college cinema SHOWINC TODAY SATURDAY POSITIVELY LAST 2 DAYS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT That OTHER Crusoe never had it so good! p.m. Evininns it ind p.m. WALT LT. ROBIN CRUSOE, TJ.S.N. 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