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Vida de Artistas

By Noël Coward
Artistas Unidos Directed by Jorge Silva Melo
©Jorge Gonçalves
Past event
Dates and Schedules

March 23rd to april 10th
Wednesday to Saturday, 20h; Sunday, 17h30


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra


€12 to €15 (with discounts)

Age Restriction


Portuguese Sign Language Audio Description

April 10th, Sunday 17h30


Noël Coward writes Vida de Artistas to fulfil a pact made 11 years earlier between himself and his two friends, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. “The Lunts”, as they were known, became the most celebrated theatre couple in America but by 1921, when Coward visited them in New York, they were beginning to live in cheap accommodations for struggling actors. Coward was also still relatively unknown, but shared with Lunt and Fontanne a hunger for fame and success. The production premiered on Broadway in 1933 and then in England, with immediate critical and commercial success, despite its amoral characters and proclaimed bisexuality. Of it Coward said, “They liked it and hated it, hated it and admired it, I don’t know if they really loved it. They are superficial, over-articulated, amoral creatures driven by the impact of their personalities on each other, they are moths around the light, unable to tolerate solitary darkness and equally unable to share the light without constantly colliding, injuring each other’s wings.” Writes Jorge Silva Melo: “Ah, how I love Noël Coward. Casually, with a unique brilliance, he’s been with us for almost a century, evading, going against preconceived ideas, on the curve of history. Frivolous? Or really profound? Fantasistic or really realistic? Look: theatrical, I bet.”

Cast and Creative

By Noël Coward Translation José Maria Vieira Mendes Performed by Américo Silva, Ana Amaral, Antónia Terrinha, Jefferson Oliveira, Nuno Pardal, Pedro Caeiro, Pedro Cruzeiro, Raquel Montenegro, Rita Brütt e Tiago Matias Scenography and Costumes Rita Lopes Alves Technical Coordination João Chicó Sound André Pires Light Pedro Domingos Assistants Nuno Gonçalo Rodrigues and Noeli Kikuchi Staging Jorge Silva Melo Co-production Artistas Unidos, Teatro Nacional São João and São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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