Laurence Boswell talks about Calderon, Goethe, Marivaux

14th December 2011


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.