Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Actress Stays Silent on Rape Scene Furore

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Actress Stays Silent on Rape Scene Furore

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

THE identity of the actress at the centre of the Royal Opera House rape scene controversy was revealed today.

Jessica Chamberlain was seen being subjected to a brutal wartime rape.

The scene prompted a strong chorus of boos from members of the audience at the opening night of Guillaume Tell (William Tell) at Covent Garden on Monday.

The depiction of a young woman stripped and molested by army officers in the opera whose setting has been updated to the Balkans crisis of the 1990s divided critics and audience members between those who condemned it as gratuitous and those who considered it a grown-up rendering of a work based on Friedrich Schiller's play about political oppression.

Today Miss Chamberlain, who has been making her name in London fringe theatre until now, was remaining silent about the furore surrounding the production, which is booking until July 17.

She has directed at venues including the Old Red Lion and the Roundhouse, as well as appearing in productions at venues including the Arcola, Theatre 503 and the Rose Theatre in Kingston. …

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