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Total Eclipse

March - May 2007

About The Show

Total Eclipse is the story of renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, who endured a passionate and volatile relationship that has inspired generations of artists from Picasso and TS Eliot to Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan.

Verlaine is living with his young wife Mathilde in the oppressive atmosphere of her parent’s home when his life is turned upside down by the arrival of teenage prodigy Rimbaud. Seduced by his brilliance and beauty, Verlaine abandons his conservative existence to live an extraordinary life unbound by rules or convention. But the explosive world in which he and Rimbaud exist cannot last forever. Impoverished, transient and trapped in a destructive romantic triangle, something – or someone – has to give…

Christopher Hampton is perhaps best known for his 1985 play ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’. This revival sees the return to the Chocolate Factory of Oliver award winner Daniel Evans as Verlaine, following his hugely successful performance playing Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George. Jamie Doyle (Channel 4’s Shameless) plays the young genius Rimbaud with Paul Miller (Royal Court, National) directing.

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