Total Eclipse

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Play from 19 March 2007 to 27 May 2007

Menier Chocolate Factory 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

A new production on Christopher Hampton's first stage play Total Eclipse directed by Paul Miller and presented by David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions.

Christopher Hampton's play Total Eclipse is the story of renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, who endured a passionate and volatile relationship that has inspired generations of artists from Picasso and TS Eliot to Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan.

Verlaine is living with his young wife Mathilde in the oppressive atmosphere of her parents' home when his life is turned upside down by the arrival of teenage prodigy Rimbaud. Seduced by his brilliance and beauty, Verlaine abandons his conventional existence to live an extraordinary life unbound by rules or convention. But the explosive world in which he and Rimbaud exist cannot last forever. Impoverished, transient and trapped in a destructive romantic triangle, something - or someone - has to give.

Total Eclipse in London will feature Daniel Evans and Jamie Doyle as the French poets Verlaine and Rimbaud both caught in a desperate and destructive relationship.

Daniel Evans has recently been recognised in the Olivier Award nominations for his role as 'George' in Sunday in the Park with George which began its life at the Chocolate Factory in 2005 before transferring to London's West End. Jamie Doyle's credits include the popular Channel 4 television series Shameless.

Total Eclipse in London is directed by Paul Miller with designs by Paul Wills, lighting design by Hartley TA Kemp and music score by David Shrubsole.

Christopher Hampton is perhaps best known for his 1985 play Les Liaisons Dangereuses, later written as a screenplay for the Oscar winning film Dangerous Liaisons. Total Eclipse, his first play, premiered at the Royal Court in 1968 and was revised in 1981 for a production directed by David Hare and starring Simon Callow at the Lyric Hammersmith.