comedy in four acts


Theatre Athénée


First production :

January 26th 1957

Theatre Athénée

Manager : Mme Grammont

Staging :
Georges VITALY


Scenery :
François GANEAU

 


Summary :

 

Found in a ice block at the North Pole during an expedition in Greenland, Paul Fournier, had been asleep for a good fifty years. Back home, his shocked and surprised family , does all it can to make him believe that he is still living at the beginning of the century, so as to prevent him suffering a fatal shock. Paul believes he is the descendant of a family of which , in reality, he is the ancestor. In the end he learns of the truth and declares himself to be delighted to living in modern times.

 

 

Scenery

Act I :

set in present times, in a large house dating from the 19 century

Act II and III :

The same residence, the reconstruction of which takes us back to the Belle Epoque


the freezing of an human beeing seeems now very posible

( J.Bernard-Luc )

 


Burlesque face to face, comical situations, crazy scenes, you laugh

(Jean-Jacques Gautier, Le Figaro )


Cast :

THE FAMILY OF HIBERNATED :

 

Hubert de Tartas,film director.....................................Jean PAREDES
Edmée de Tartas , his wife.........................................Germaine AUGER
Didier, their son………………………….......................................Claude NICOT
Sylvie, their daughter………….....................Marie-Blanche VERGNES

The cousin Charles……………………........................................André PHILIP
Louise, the maid………………..........................................Marie-José PINEL

 




THE OTHERS :

 

Profesor Loriebat, psychiatrist……...........................Jean-Pierre MARIELLE
His assistant…………………………………….........................................J.R. CHAUFFARD
The Mayor of Le Vésinet…………………………….................................Pierre MIRAT
Mr Amadour, Head of Cabinet of
the Minister of Interior……………………..........................................Tony JACQUOT
Evelyne…………………………………….………................................................Nelly VIGNON
The Captain……………………………………................................................Georges SCEY
Paul Fournier, the Hibernated………………………..................François GUERIN
A baker…………………………. …………….........................................SergeMONTEILHET

First postman………………………………….........................................Jean-Marie BON
Second postman……………………………….......................................................SARAZIN

Photographers and newspapermen.

The voice of the announcers : Mrs Lise ELINA , Mr. Paul GAY, Louis LE COZ

Georges VITALY


François GUÉRIN
Nelly VIGNON
Jean-Pierre MARIELLE
Marie-Blanche VERGNES

Jean PAREDES
Germaine AUGER
Claude NICOT
Tony JACQUOT
Georges SCEY
Pierre MIRAT
André PHILIP
J.R. CHAUFFARD

Jean-Marie BON
Marie-José PINEL
Serge MONTEILHET

 

REVIEWS :

A wonderful play

(Jacques LANZMANN, Lettres Françaises )

On my arrival, I had a terrible headache. Hibernatus has got a healing effect on me. I felt better.

( Robert KEMP, le Monde )

 

Such a success deserves its prize

( BOURGET-PAILLERON, Revue des Deux Mondes )

 

I have had a lot of fun...a very amusing comedy.

( Gabriel MARCEL , Nouvelles littéraires )

 

A very nice and amusing comedy

(Max FAVALELLI, Paris-Presse )

 


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