In a hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome, three versions of a story are told at three different times: by an older woman Lilian, by a young woman June, and by an older man Nathan. As each reveals how they came to be in that room, the audience pieces together the story of a young man’s mysterious disappearance and its shattering implications.
In Madagascar, playwright J.T. Rogers meditates on the past’s ability to hold on to us and our slow-arriving acceptance that it may never let go.
Key Photography: Earl Carter, Rehearsal Photography: Pam Kleemann
‘A chamber piece with an atmosphere like a held breath, Madagascar is an unlikely whodunit, an astoundingly gripping piece of theatre. And like the best mysteries, it’s up to the audience to piece together the unexpectedly chilling tale that emerges from our three narrators, sharing the same room yet separated by time. The consummate skill of the writing will undoubtedly be matched by consummate performances; you don’t get much more captivating than Noni Hazlehurst and Asher Keddie, who will be joined by their mystery male in due course. I’m delighted to welcome Sam Strong to the Company to direct.’
Simon Phillips, Artistic Director