Le Roi Lune

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Le Roi Lune is a play by Belgian playwright Thierry Debroux. It was published in 2005 by Lansman[1] and was performed the same year at the Théâtre du Méridien[2] in Brussels.

Summary[edit]

This piece evokes the character of Ludwig II of Bavaria, nicknamed the Mad King. Today, the whole world knows, visits and admires the fantastic castles he built, but throughout his life, he pursued an ideal of beauty, nobility and purity.

The play tells of one of the famous suppers of Louis II, which he would spend alone, talking to himself. On the evening the play begins, Louis II had just heard of Wagner's death, and ruined by sorrow, he seeks comfort with a young man whom he loves with a passion. During the night, he speaks of his memories of the brilliant composer, confesses his homosexual nature, and sets off in search of the absolute beauty while mocking one of his ministers who formed a coup d'etat to overthrow the crazy king; Louis II is then seen killing the minister by strangling him in a fit of fury.

Afterwards, the audience finds Louis II at the asylum; His nurse is the young man whom he had loved in the first part of the play, his doctor, the minister, during which it is expected that the audience realize the whole supper was imagined by the king. At the end, Louis II is pronounced dead from drowning (Though whether through murder, suicide, or accident is left to the audience to interpret.)

Once dead, Louis II finds his mistress, the moon, the play ending with these words, by Louis II: "The moon ... The moon ...".

Staging[edit]

The play was performed worldwide in 2005 by the Théâtre du Méridien in co-production with the director and the playwright. It was also performed in July 2007 at the Festival d'Avignon, in September 2007 at the Théâtre du Lucernaire (Paris) and on tour in Belgium and throughout France in 2008.

Directed by: Frédéric Dussenne

Scenography: Marcos Viñals Bassols

Costumes: Lionel Lesire

Lighting: Renaud Ceulemans

Distribution: Julien Roy, Alexandre Tissot, Benoît Van Dorslaer

Awards[edit]

Prize for the best actor at the Prix du Théâtre 2005 for Julien Roy and Benoît Van Dorslaer ex aequo.

Prize of the Parliament of the French Community / Wallonia-Brussels 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lansman Editeur". www.lansman.org. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Le théâtre du Méridien - accueil". www.theatredumeridien.be (in French). Retrieved 2017-02-15.