What’s On: The Lie

7 April to 5 May, Circa Theatre, Wellington

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Alice and Michel are having an affair. Michel’s wife is asking difficult questions. Alice’s husband is Michel’s best friend. A mille-feuille of truth and deceit penned by sassy young French playwright Florian Zeller, with translation by Christopher Hampton, The Lie is a playful farce centred on the ever-shifting layers of infidelity as experienced by two middle-class Parisian couples.

With a nod to Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Harold Pinter’s landmark 1970s adultery drama Betrayal, the ruthless comedy dissects the hypocrisies that hold society together. circa.co.nz


A slick, nimble labyrinth of deceit THE LIE is the latest gem from the pen of FLORIAN ZELLER the highly acclaimed writer of the hit play THE FATHER.

Michel and Laurence are coming for dinner. But Alice has spotted Michel kissing another woman that very afternoon leaving her with the dilemma… should she tell her friend what she saw or not. Her husband Paul believes it is better to behave as if nothing has happened; Alice is far from sure. As their own relationship is held up to scrutiny …it becomes clear that some truths are best left unsaid…. In affairs of the heart the line between truth and lie can be a dangerous one to cross.

Fresh from a hot sold-out London run THE LIE is a brilliantly ruthless comedy which dissects the hypocrisies which holds society together.

NZ Life and Leisure This article first appeared in NZ Life & Leisure Magazine.

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