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The Suit

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (F)


Venue: Aarhus Teater / Scala

THURSDAY May 28th 8pm
FRIDAY May 29th 8pm (incl. artist talk)

Price Group A - 150 kr. / 90 kr.

Heartbreaking story of adultery in apartheid South Africa
This years ILT-festival presents the critically acclaimed performance THE SUIT by the iconic theatre director Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk. The production is based on the South African writer Can Thembas novel.

In this perfomance we are introduced to Philomen, a middleclass lawyer, and his wife Matilda. The Suit of the title belongs to Matilda’s lover and is left behind when Philomen catches his wife cheating on him with her lover. As punishment, Philomen makes Matilda treat the suit as an honored guest. She has to feed it, entertain it and take it out for walks as a constant reminder of her adultery. The South African township of Sophiatown is as much a character in the play as the unfortunate couple.

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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
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Aarhus Teater
Teatergaden, 8000 Århus C

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Based on

'The Suit' by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse & Barney Simon.

Performed by

Cherise Adams-Burnett, Jared McNeill & Ery Nzaramba

Jay Phelps (trumpet), Harry Sankey (guitar), Danny Wallington (piano)

Behind the performance

Direction, staging and musical direction by
Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk

Lighting by
Philippe Vialatte

Costumes by
Oria Puppo


Played in English


16 years or older


75 min.


C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris


Fondazione Campania dei Festival / Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Young Vic Theatre, Théâtre de la Place – Liège.
With the support of the C.I.R.T.
»Exquisitly performed and almost unbearably moving«

Mail on Sunday

The press wrote
The sadness will linger, but so will an elating sense of this show's enfolding magic. [...] Every one onstage is pretty close to perfect.

The New-York Times
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