The Enchantment - Lime Tree Theatre

The Enchantment

by Victoria Benedictsson adapted by Clare Bayley

Directed by Shane Hickey O’Mara

The BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College present their summer repertory season with two exciting and rarely seen theatrical works taking the Lime Tree Theatre stage over three days in early May.

The Enchantment is an extraordinary and mesmeric play by the little-known Swedish author who was reputedly a model for Miss Julie and Hedda Gabler is presented by the first-year students.

The Enchantment

The Enchantment

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One sunny day in Paris, Gustave Alland, famous artist and philanderer, visits Louise Strandberg – convalescing in her brother’s studio – and casts her effortlessly under his spell. In a vain attempt to escape, she exiles herself to her provincial hometown in Sweden. But a letter propels her back to Paris and into his arms. And for a brief moment, ecstasy is hers.

Victoria Benedictsson’s play was written shortly before her suicide in 1888. This English version by Clare Bayley was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in July 2007.

CAST: Anna Corcoran (Louise Strandberg), Kevin Aylward (Gustave Alland), Chloe Daly (Erna), Ilinca Luca (Viggo), Jonathan Rennie (Henrick Ryberg/Mr Moller), Jack O’Brien (Lilly/Botilda).


Producer: Therese Maher

Set Designer: Emily Waters

Costume Designer: Ella Daly

Lighting Designer: Matty Moran

Stage Manager: Gill McNamara

Academic Advisor: Dr. David Clare



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