- According to
- “Le Capitaine Fracasse” de Théophile Gautier
- Jean-Christophe Hembert
- Performed by
- David Ayala, Bruno Bayeux, Jean-Alexandre Blanchet, Jacques Chambon, Caroline Cons, Thomas Cousseau, Aurélia Dury, Eddy Letexier, Véronique Sacri, Vincent Schmitt, Loïc Varraut
Jean-Christophe Hembert is known for his role in television and film as Karadoc de Vannes in Kaamelot. Returning to the theatre, he is now directing a flamboyant adaptation of Captain Fracasse.
In his novel Captain Fracasse, Théophile Gautier takes us back to the dark and brutal 17th century, when the Baron de Sigognac escapes a life of despondency, thanks to the theatre. The destitute young man leaves his ruined castle to join a troupe of wandering actors, becoming Captain Fracasse, a superhero who defends a comic and poetic vision of the world.
Fracasse, as directed by Jean-Christophe Hembert, accentuates the humour, truculence and heroism of the characters in the famous cloak-and-dagger novel.
As in a Rembrandt painting, the light of the forces of life sparkles amidst the darkness. The audience is drawn into the adventures of Sigognac, his beloved Isabelle and his rival, the Duke of Vallombreuse. Eloquence and panache act as ramparts to keep the violence of the forces of death at bay.
Simmering with enchantment and the unexpected, this beautiful, popular play is a declaration of absolute faith in the evocative power of theatre.