Maladie production

La Maladie de la mort - International Festival

Marguerite Duras / Katie Mitchell / Alice Birch
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Duras’s 1982 psychological thriller focuses on an unnamed man who hires a woman to spend several weeks with him in a hotel by the sea, hoping to experience love. She may only visit him at night, and cannot speak to him unless invited to.

This radical reworking reveals the inner landscapes of both characters in a live cinema and theatre experience. It combines a theatre production performed live, with a film generated and edited in real time, and projected on a large screen above the set.

La Maladie de la mort is part of the residency of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord at the 2018 International Festival.

Freely adapted after the story by Marguerite Duras

A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Théâtre de la Ville – Paris; Le Théâtre de Liège; MC2:Grenoble; Barbican / London; Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam; Teatro di Roma-Teatro Nazionale; Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione; Fondazione Teatro Metastasio – Prato; TANDEM scène nationale.

Supported by Institut français du Royaume-Uni with assistance from The Friends' Circle and CIC-Banque Transatlantique.


Suitable for adults only. Contains scenes of nudity, sexual and pornographic imagery. If you need more information please contact Edinburgh International Festival.

Performed in French with English supertitles.

Cast and Credits

The Woman Laetitia Dosch
The Man Nick Fletcher
Narrator Irène Jacob

Katie Mitchell Director
Alice Birch Adaptation
Lily McLeish Associate director
Grant Gee Video director
Alex Eales Set and costume designer
Paul Clark Composer
Donato Wharton Sound designer
Ingi Bekk Video designer
Ellie Thompson Video design collaboration
Anthony Doran Lighting designer

Dates and Times

16 - 19 August 2018

16 - 18 August

18, 19 August

Running time: 1 hour (no interval)

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£17 – £35 / fees apply

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