Harlequin’s Lesson of Love

  • Theater
Thomas Jolly
Performed by
Romain Brosseau, Rémi Dessenoix, Charlotte Ravinet, Clémence Solignac, Romain Tamisier, Ophélie Trichard

Played repeatedly since it was created in 2007, Thomas Jolly’s successful first show now comes to Les Célestins. This is a sparkling version of Marivaux’s play in which the juvenile impulses of love shine through.

Written following Marivaux’s 1720 encounter with actors from the Comédie-Italienne, Harlequin’s Lesson of Love depicts the ardour of youth, together with its insolence, splendid stupidity, clumsiness and enchantments, to tell a tyrannical love story. It is the tale of a fairy who kidnaps her heart’s desire, the young Harlequin,  because he is in love with another woman, a young shepherdess who has brought out the power and innocence of the very first stirrings of love.
A few light bulbs, strings of fairy lights, streamers and bunches of balloons create the fairy-tale setting for this passionate joust that comes out in favour of naive and sincere relationships.
With a demanding score, this one-act play by Marivaux makes each spoken line a brief and incisive weapon. There are no long speeches, but rather a clear-sighted concentrate of ferocity that brings to light an intelligent and jubilant form of theatre.
The show is played for and with the audience in its entirety.

Running time
1 : 20

    from 7 to 40 €

    • For everyone from 12 years old

    Scenography – Thomas Jolly / Light designers – Thomas Jolly and Jean-François Lelong / Costume designer –  Jane Avezou / Director’s assistant – Charline Porrone

    Production: Le Quai – Centre dramatique national Angers Pays de la Loire
    Show created and first produced by La Piccola Familia
    Coproduction: Théâtre des Deux Rives – Centre dramatique régional de Haute-Normandie

    With support from ODIA Normandie
    This show has received financial support from DRAC Normandie – Ministère de la Culture

    Premiered in January 2007 at Le Trident – Scène nationale de Cherbourg

    “Marivaux, et l’ivresse amoureuse, n’ont jamais été aussi dansants. De quoi réconcilier le jeune public avec les textes classiques”. Le Figaro

    “Première mise en scène du talentueux Thomas Jolly, recréée depuis, maturée mais pas assagie, elle brille et pétille comme une fête joyeuse”. La Terrasse

    Aftershow talk with the artists on Thursday, 14 January.