Academy Award-winning French playwright Florian Zeller’s work is back at MTC with The Truth, opening on Thursday 10 June at Southbank Theatre.
After a sell-out season of Zeller’s The Father in 2017, this devilishly dark comedy, directed by Sarah Giles (Straight White Men) and starring Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Stephen Curry (The Castle), Bert LaBonté (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Katrina Milosevic (Wentworth), explores the truths that tear us apart and the lies that keep us together.
Florian Zeller said, ‘I am extremely happy that The Truth is to be produced at MTC in Melbourne.
‘I love the idea that theatre is a vehicle for us to share emotions, reminding us that we are not merely isolated individuals but part of something bigger, which we could qualify as “humanity”.
‘I would have loved to be present for opening night but my thoughts and sincere wishes will be with you, shining through the intermediary of all the artists involved and serving this “Truth”.’
Sarah Giles said, ‘Florian has fleshed out a wonderfully simple premise into a remarkably surprising and elegant night in the theatre. What better place to flesh out notions of truth in the one place entirely built on lies – the theatre?’
Presented in the English translation by Tony and Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Father), The Truth is a playful farce that asks us to consider the benefits of lying and the drawbacks of honesty.
About the play: Michel and his wife Laurence are happily married. Michel’s best friend Paul is also happily married, to Alice. But Michel and Alice are having an affair, and Laurence seems to know that something’s going on. How far will Michel go to hide the truth? Why is Alice so keen to reveal it? What does Laurence actually know, or not know? And is Paul just pretending to be bad at tennis?