Le Royaume des animaux

Roland Schimmelpfennig
Élise Vigier, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo
Performed by
Gauthier Boxebeld, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Pierre Maillet, Marlène Saldana, Thomas Scimeca, Élise Vigier

In a society of widespread competition, market forces take precedence over friendship, art and dreams. Élise Vigier and Marcial Di Fonzo Bo open the doors of The Animal Kingdom by Roland Schimmelpfennig.

Roland Schimmelpfennig is one of the leading playwrights of modern-day German theatre. The Animal Kingdom is a satirical play on the excesses of our era – intertwining zany bleakness and dark humour in a tale of how a troupe of actors breaks down when faced with a society in which human values are being undermined by the mighty dollar.
Having played in the same musical show for six years, the artists suddenly find themselves in competition, plunged into an atmosphere of mistrust and betrayal.
“Schimmelpfennig lays bare behaviour that is completely individualistic and self-centred”, explains Élise Vigier, who co-directs this whimsical comedy with Marcial Di Fonzo Bo. Depicting the defeat of a collective utopia, making objects out of lives, yet celebrating the hallowed place of the theatre, The Animal Kingdom probes the proportion of light and darkness in the human soul.

This event is staged in partnership with the

Running time
1 : 30
Théâtre de la Croix Rousse
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Au Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
Place Joannès-Ambre Lyon 4e
Métro ligne C (arrêts Croix- Rousse, Hénon ou Cuire)
Bus lignes C13, 33 et 38 (arrêt Hôpital Croix-Rousse) ou C1 (arrêt Cuire)

French text – Hélène Mauler, René Zahnd / Decor – Catherine Rankl / Masks and costume designer – Cécile Kretschmar / Dramaturgy – Guillermo Pisani / Construction decor – Ateliers de la Comédie de Caen, Centre dramatique national de Normandie

Production: Comédie de Caen, Centre dramatique national de Normandie
Coproduction (en cours): Maison des Arts de Créteil, Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon
Roland Schimmelpfennig is represented in France by l’Arche éditeur.

Création le 13 janvier 2020 à la Maison des Arts de Créteil