Current Project

The Lesson

25 Sept - 13 Oct 2018
The Hope Theatre
Matthew Parker directs a first-class and well-cast revival of this theatrical masterpiece, treading with meticulous poise and confidence the fine line required to juxtapose the absurd, the horrific and the comic elements this unsettling piece contains.
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“Note this carefully, and remember it ‘till the day you die…” 

When an enthusiastic young student arrives at The Professor’s house for her lesson, she is wide-eyed and ready to learn. But no amount of studying can prepare her for the odyssey that lies ahead. This unflinching and dreamlike comedy-drama bursts on to The Hope Theatre stage this autumn under the direction of its award-winning Artistic Director, Matthew Parker

More than 50 years since its UK premiere , Eugene Ionesco’s dark comic-drama still packs one hell of a punch. The French playwright’s radical views on education, life and death are laced through this funny, disturbing and gripping look at the tyrannical nature of power, the dangers of enforced education and how words can be used as weapons. With broad comedy jutting up against scenes of horror, THE LESSON is a theatrical experience you will never forget.

Nominated for a whopping 4 Off West End Awards including Best Director for Matthew. 





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  • The Maid: Joan Potter
  • The Pupil: Sheetal Kapoor
  • The Professor: Roger Alborough


  • Writer: Eugene Ionesco (translation Donald Watson)
  • Producers: Benjamin Alborough & Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Stage Manager: Ariel Harrison
  • Lighting: Chris McDonnell
  • Sound: Simon Arrowsmith
  • Movement: Roman Berry
  • Assistant Director: Lizzie Benbow
  • Production Assistant: Kitty Evans
  • Photography: lhphotoshots