Sweet Nothings is an updated version of the classic play from Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzel entitled “Liebelei”, with the Laurence Olivier Award-winning playwright David Harrower providing the makeover. It is certain to be an interesting take on a classic piece of theatre and appears at the Young Vic Theatre in 2010.
The tale of love, sex and the cruelties that surround them is brought to the stage by acclaimed European director Luc Bondy, who is best known for helming the renowned production of Martin Crimp’s “Cruel and Tender” at the Young Vic Theatre in 2004. Beyond this he has also been working behind the scenes on various acclaimed production across Europe, with countless shows at Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
Sweet Nothings follows a passionate playboy by the name of Fritz (Tom Hughes), who is embarking on an affair with a married woman at the beginning of the play. However, he also has his sights on the beautiful Christine (Kate Burdette), a girl who is frustrated with her position in the world – where men have controlled her and kept her from truly being free. At a party Fritz and his friend Theodore (Jack Laskey) embark on a quest to exploit women to get whatever they want – with tensions rising until an unpleasant end awaits them.
Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian dramatist who penned a wide range of plays over his career, in addition to novels like “The Road Into the Open” and shorter prose pieces such as “Dream Story” (adapted into “Eyes Wide Shut” by Stanley Kubrick) and “The Death of a Bachelor”. His plays include “La Ronde”, “Anatol”, “The Green Cockatoo”, “Professor Bernhardi” and “The Comedy of Seduction”. Schnitzler was often considered a controversial writer, but his plays have lived on long after his death in 1931.
Meanwhile, actor Tom Hughes is a RADA trained actor who has appeared in a number of television programmes and will soon be seen in the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s movie “Cemetery Junction”. His credits include the likes of “Casualty 1909”, “Trinity”, “Tortoise” and the recent movie “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” alongside Andy Serkis.
Sweet Nothings is at the Young Vic Theatre from Thursday 4th March 2010 (previews from Thursday 25th February 2010) to Saturday 10th April 2010.
|Booking From:||Friday, 1st January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 10th April 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
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