Laurence Boswell talks about Calderon, Goethe, Marivaux
14th December 2011
INTERVIEW: LAURENCE BOSWELL
The director talks to Dominic Cavendish about his season of premiered translations of neglected European classics at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath: The Phoenix of Madrid by Calderon de la Barca, Iphigenia by Goethe and The Surprise of Love by Marivaux. He outlines how this three-year ensemble experiment came into being. Recorded at the Theatre Royal, Bath.
I came up with this idea of British premieres – mixing old work and contemporary work, using an ensemble of actors. Historically the Ustinov has been a significant part of the touring circuit but then you don’t have a particular identity… The audiences in Bath are beginning to love the fact that the actors are here.