New French play about Boswell and Rousseau

The French ensemble Le Théâtre des Trois Couleurs are currently planning a series of performances of their new play L'Anglais et le Philosophe (the Englishman and the Philosopher) in June 2015.

Perhaps not surprising for the readers of this web site, the Englishman is James Boswell and the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. According to the the author of the play, Bernard Turpin, the story is based on the meetings between Boswell and Rousseau in Môtiers in 1764, but some scenes and visits have been re-written and re-invented, leading to new events and developments.

Overall the play is supposed to be a friendly comedy, with sometimes bitter undertones, concerning the eternal themes of relationships between men and women, sincerity and seduction.

L'Anglais et le Philosophe will be performed in French on June 5, 12 and 19 respectively in the cities of Thimert, Dreux and Tremblay, all of which are located about 90km west of Paris, a few miles north of Chartres.

French speakers, and users of Google Translate, can find further information at the website of Le Théâtre des Trois Couleurs.

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