Exit the King


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“Never before has Ionesco served up such a balance of gravity versus incongruity and ferocity versus innocence.” Le Figaro Littéraire, France

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Théâtre Excentrique brings Ionesco’s iconic play back to Australia in an updated translation featuring the baroque music of cellist/vocalist extraordinaire Sister Ursuline.

King Bérenger the First is dying. His kingdom is falling apart. He can’t rule over his army anymore, nor tell the rain to fall, nor the trees to grow. He is dying and there is nothing he can do about it. Queen Marguerite is keeping track of time. “You will die in 1 hour and 30 minutes!” But the king refuses to listen. He chooses instead to love Queen Marie. “1 hour and 13 minutes left!” The clock is ticking… Surrounded by his two wives, his cleaning lady, his doctor and a guard, Bérenger is learning to accept the inevitable.

This is Ionesco’s absurd style at its best: a meditation both burlesque and powerful on life, death and other incurable diseases.



TIMES: Wednesday to Saturday 7.30 pm, Sunday 5 pm

LOCATION: Chippen Street Theatre, Level 1 / 45 Chippen St, Chippendale, 2008

TICKETS: $38 Full / $28 Concession (+booking fees)

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CAST: Clay Crighton, Kirsty Jordan, Leof Kingsford-Smith, Josef Schneider, Gerry Sont and Alison Windsor


Producer: Théâtre Excentrique

Director: Anna Jahjah

Assistant Director: Kris Shalvey

Stage Manager: Pauline Evans             

Lighting Designer: Larry Kelly

Lighting Operator: Isabel Cendon Jordan

Set Designer: Anna Jahjah

Costume Design: Barbara Cohen & Théâtre Excentrique 

Graphic Design: Clarisse Ambroselli

Production Photographer: Mansoor Noor



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