The Chairs

Author(s): Eugène Ionesco, translated and adapted by Omar Elerian

The Chairs

Director: Omar Elerian; designer: Cécile Trémolières; lighting designer: Jackie Shemesh.

"I have a message. A struggle, a mission. Something deep in my guts, a message to share with humanity."

The water is rising. The world outside is crumbling. Alone in a room, an old man and an old woman set out chairs ready for the arrival of a very special audience.

They’ve invited everyone. The dancers, the chancers, the editors, the creditors, the picketers, the hecklers, the Leavers, the Remainers, the Remoaners. Even the bankers. All the movers and shakers are gathering to hear the old man’s final message to humanity. But will the message ever be delivered?

Translated, adapted, and directed by Omar Elerian (Misty), this new version of Eugène Ionesco’s tragic farce reflects on a life lived together: on what has been, what might have been, and what it all really means.

The cast features Olivier Award-winner Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, co-founder of pioneering theatre company Complicité, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer and performer Toby Sedgwick.


Almeida Theatre, London