Royal & Derngate Northampton will open its new Made in Northampton season 2022-23 with the world premiere of Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME, the first ever stage production of Tati’s 1967 comic masterpiece, widely considered to be one of the best films of all time.
Running from Friday 2nd to Saturday 17th September 2022, PLAYTIME captures the hilarity of Tati’s surrealist film for a modern audience.
Tati’s film playfully explores the dichotomy between the futuristic, hyper-consumerism of Paris and the old-fashioned – and distinctly unfaltering – ontologies of befuddled Frenchman Monsieur Hulot. Framed by Tati’s trademark use of highly complex visual comedy, Playtime is notable both for its enormous set and its contribution to the French surrealist movement.
Grammy Award-winning composers Chilly Gonzalez and Martha Wainwright will write original songs for the production which is created by Dancing Brick, an award-winning international group of theatremakers celebrated for their comic and visual ingenuity.
PLAYTIME has comedy direction by John Nicholson of Peepolykus, design by Olivier nominee Michael Vale and sound design by Kayode Gomez.