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MASSACRE AT PARIS - Louis de Bernières

Date: 18th March 2014

MASSACRE AT PARIS – Louis de Bernières

It is 450 years since Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury. In March three plays by Marlowe were performed in Canterbury - one in the Eastern Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral – Massacre at Paris.

Massacre at Paris is a play concerning the massacre of the Huguenots in Paris on the Eve of St. Bartholemew. It is a very bloody play with about 19 murders and it isn’t one of Marlowe’s best so is rarely performed.

The Fourth Monkey Theatre Group undertook this production by candlelight in the Eastern Crypt – very eerie and atmospheric and a very apt setting being so close to the Huguenot Chapel. Although it is murder after murder I found the production gripping and felt the Company had handled a poorly written play extremely well. There was a lot of talent which it will be interesting to watch develop.

I was asked to interview Louis de Bernières prior to the production and found him an engaging and interesting guest. He is of Huguenot descent and the de Bernières name and heraldic shield is on a Roll of Huguenot names inside the Chapel. I was able to arrange to have the Chapel opened for him which I think he found very interesting.

He kindly agreed to end our talk with a short piece on the mandolin – an instrument I happen to love and don’t feel there is nearly enough music written for it. He also read a delightful piece on Love from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ – it is in a list of over 60 readings appropriate for usage in civil ceremonies or where the couple aren’t religious. I found it very beautiful and not unlike the words about Marriage by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran.

I was too busy to take photos so the official photographer Matt Linehan sent me some.  Thanks Matt.


MASSACRE AT PARIS - Louis de Bernières

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