McBurney paints The Rake’s Progress onto a blank canvas in Aix

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Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence

A blank sheet of paper can intimidate or inspire. The fresh page can stifle a writer, trapped in the glare of expectation, or can encourage daring originality, be it words in a notebook or notes on a stave. Simon McBurney’s production of The Rake’s Progress for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence begins with the equivalent of a blank page – a simple white paper box onto which he pours his inspiration, ideas tumbling onto – and through – the stage of the open-air Théâtre de l’Archevêché to create something that both dazzled and touched the heart.

Julia Bullock (Anne) and Paul Appleby (Tom)
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