IN PICTURES: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION THEATRE, 1789

1 – 25 March 1973

French theatre company Theatre du Soleil, bought the history of the French revolution to the stage in a shocking and powerful way in 1973.

1789, Theatre du Soleil

Credit: Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Theatre du Soleil, 1789

Credit: Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Theatre du Soleil, 1789

Credit: Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Theatre du Soleil, 1789

Credit: Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

I remember I saw a production of 1789 at the Roundhouse in the ’70s. The second act was called Whispers and it began and nothing happened. Then the audience started whispering… until they became the introduction to the second act. I thought it was brilliant and have never forgotten it! – Anne Brydon, audience member

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