The second season at new London theatre The Bunker will open with a new production of La Ronde, directed by Max Gill, from the 11th February until the 11th March.
Collaborative Artist return in 2017 with a new reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, a story of desire and fortune as fate decides the cast’s roles every night and throughout the play.
South London, 2017. The disparate lives of the city’s inhabitants are thrown together by the caprice of desire and fate. La Ronde distils the beating heart of London’s sexuality with verbatim testimonies from real life prostitutes, lovers, adulterers. Where there is desire, there is power; lust and the search for love bind us all.
Max Gill’s production sees a cast of four playing ten very different characters – with no evening or scene ever being the same.
The cast will include Lauren Samuels (Vanities: The Musical, Trafalgar Studios; Bend it Like Beckham, Grease), BBC’s Versailles star Alex Vlahos (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic; Emperor and Galilean, National Theatre), Leemore Marrett Jr (Chariots of Fire, Hampstead Theatre; Tide, Arcola; Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), and Amanda Wilkin (Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe and International Tour; Arabian Nights, Watermill Theatre).
Schnitzler’s La Ronde was written during a time when sex was regarded as sinful and reprehensible. This production has reworked the story into a gender neutral adaptation that interrogates modern attitudes to gender, sexuality, and social status.
Talking about the production Max Gill said: “La Ronde in all its incarnations has always been a mirror to society’s sexual appetites and anxieties. Since it was first conceived, the rabbit-hole of desire has only deepened; the opportunity to explore how our sexuality creates us, how choice controls us, how desire defines us, has never been more exciting than today.”