The Teatro do Bolhão company is presently assembling an ambitious triptych: its central panel is Lorenzaccio, a play by Alfred de Musset (1834), staged by Rogério de Carvalho. Out of historical records from 16th-century Florentine describing the overthrow of tyrannical duke Alessandro de’ Medici, murdered by his cousin Lorenzo – insultingly nicknamed “Lorenzaccio” for frustrating the insurgents’ desire for change –, Musset creates what is as much a personal drama as a critique of a decadent society. This milestone of French Romantic drama, seen as unperformable or otherwise staged in mutilated versions, has always been seen as a challenge by the company, which now premieres it in Portugal. A show about a human community and its inability to confront the crumbling-down of power and its own ability to dissimulate, Lorenzaccio may also prove to be a portrait of our time.
by Alfred de Musset directed by Rogério de Carvalho
translation and dramaturgy Alexandra Moreira da Silva set design Cristóvão Neto costumes Lola Sousa lighting design Jorge Ribeiro sound design Fábio Ferreira direction assistance Pedro Fiuza
cast Ângela Marques, António Maria Pinto, António Melo, Cláudio da Silva, Hélia Martins, João Cravo Cardoso, João Paulo Costa, Jorge Mota, Luís Moreira, Mariana Silva Costa, Miguel Eloy, Odete Mosso, Paula Abrunhosa, Pedro Couto, Pedro Damião, Pedro Fiuza, Sandra Salomé
co-produced by Teatro do Bolhão, Teatro Nacional São João
playing time 2:30 Ages 12 and up