Theater Great Hall


Why? Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne



June, 24

7 p.m.

June, 25

8 p.m.


60 minutes




De 8 a 35 euros

 Why theatre? What is its purpose? What is it all about? Throughout a joyful and dramatic journey, we will answer these questions and many more! We’ll discover that we’re not the only ones asking ourselves these questions - lots of professionals in the world of theatre have found flashes of inspiration in these very questions. This is “why” we do Why? “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon”. These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative, most innovative, directors the theatre has known. His name is Vsevolod Meyerhold. He saw all the menacing dangers that the theatre and art in general were going through in the 1930s in Russia. He read “the writing on the wall”, as we call it, but he did not stop. He hoped until the last minute that the Russian Revolution would win. Meyerhold paid for this with his life. The three actors—Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, and Marcello Magni— will unfold for us this very human story, at the same time dramatic and comical (Text by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne).

A C.I.C.T.–Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production, in collaboration with Theatre for a New Audience (New York), the Grotowski Institute (Wrocław, Poland), the National Performing Arts Center (Taiwan) R.O.C– National Taichung Theater, Teatro Dimitri (Verscio, Switzerland), Théâtre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine (Paris) and Centro Dramático Nacional (Madrid).

Script and director
Peter Brook
Marie-Hélène Estienne

Hayley Carmichael
Kathryn Hunter
Marcello Magni
Laurie Blundell (pianist)

Philippe Vialatte

Lucas Kane

Gabrielle Lubtchansky