The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault

The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault

The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault

The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault

Excerpt

Jean-Louis Barrault had intended to write this preface himself, but he is short of time; he is fully engaged in preparing the inauguration of the first season of the Théâtre de France, he has therefore asked me to write this brief foreword in his place. In truth the texts you are going to read need neither commentary nor explanation. Jean-Louis Barrault thinks and expounds his thoughts with clarity. All I need to do is to make it clear that this book is made up of hitherto unpublished texts, and also of articles and lectures which have already been published.

The lecture on Shakespeare was first delivered in Edinburgh. 'How drama is born within us' is an unpublished text. 'The Rules of Acting', 'Concerning Gestures' and the pages on Claudel have already been published in the 'Cahier' of the Renaud-Barrault Company, but Barrault's farewell to Paul Claudel delivered at his graveside at Brangues has never been published.

Why does Jean-Louis Barrault publish this book at this moment of his life? Could it be that he wishes to cast a backward glance over the ground which he has covered, before a new move forward? One could perhaps hear the voice of a traveller who stands up after a rest and says: 'That's where I was, and now let's start on a new journey.'

By a strange coincidence I seem to have found myself on Jean- Louis Barrault's way at every one of his new moves in a new direction. First his departure from the school of Charles Dullin where he was a pupil full of questions; then his flight from the Atelier in order to continue his researches. He was then twenty-five years old, and it was at that moment that I asked him to play the leading rôle in my play Un homme comme les autres. He hesitated, probably wondering whether his appearance in a show of which he was not in full control might not mislead his friends and cause a confusion in his plan of action which was clear and without ambiguities. Later on, Jean-Louis wrote: 'It was Armand Salacrou who compelled me to act in Un homme comme les autres. I had been . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.