A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin
Julie Deliquet / Collectif In Vitro
Performed by
Julie André, Stephen Butel, Éric Charon, Solène Cizeron, Olivier Faliez, Jean-Christophe Laurier, Marie-Christine Orry, Agnès Ramy, Thomas Rortais, David Seigneur, Hélène Viviès, Jean-Marie Winling

Stage adaptation of a film by Arnaud Desplechin

In a zany and provocative chorus, it is not one tale but several that converge, overlap then diverge around a family meeting up for Christmas.

Julie Deliquet immerses the audience in a world of families and transmission. Following on from her dazzling adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander at the Comédie-Française, she is now staging Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, featuring twelve actors from the In Vitro theatre group. The play takes place at the Vuillard’s house in Roubaix, where the whole family is coming for Christmas. Abel and Junon are an elderly couple, still very much in love despite the trials of life. Yet Junon urgently requires a bone marrow transplant and needs to find a donor from within the family. The children, their spouses, grandchildren and cousins all arrive. Then Henri – the youngest son previously banished from the family – turns up, carrying with him the full burden of family tensions.
Combining comedy and drama, the play deals with descendancy, blood ties and mourning, but also love. The script continually swings between rebuttals, verbal tug-of-wars and painful truths. The audience is seated on each side of the stage, placing them closer to the intimate confessions of the characters, where the story unfolds before the eyes of the accomplices watching the characters in the shadows, to the rhythm of the vinyl records played by the characters.

This event is staged in partnership with the and the

Running time
2 : 00
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EDGE OF SCENE: meeting with the artistic team after the performance of Thursday, February 6


Stage adaptation of a film by Arnaud Desplechin / Artistic collaboration – Pascale Fournier / Dramaturgy – Agathe Peyrard / Scenography – Julie Deliquet, Zoé Pautet / Light creation – Vyara Stefanova / Costume designer – Julie Scolbetzine

Production: Collectif In Vitro
Coproduction: Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe, Théâtre de Lorient – Centre dramatique national de Bretagne, La Comédie de Saint-Étienne – Centre dramatique national, Festival d’Automne – Paris, La Coursive – Scène nationale de la Rochelle, Théâtre Romain Rolland – Villejuif, Le Parvis – Scène nationale de Tarbes

Création le 15 octobre 2019 à La Comédie de Saint-Étienne, Centre dramatique national