Audience stages walk out over Royal Shakespeare Company’s production - Sade

October 24th, 2011 - 11:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Oct 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Royal Shakespeare Company has been forced to defend its latest production of Marat/Sade. Since the theatrical work started on the 4th of October, the RSC admits that an average of 30 people leave the theater each night in protest of the sexually expletive nature and violence of the production.

One of the patrons who left the Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre told the Daily Mail that, “It was utter filth and depravity. The rape scene came just before the interval and many people did not return for the second half… ‘I knew it was supposed to be edgy but it was the worst kind of filth dressed up as quality theatre.”

RSC says they sent letters and warned those who had bought the ticket about the nature of the production. Marat/Sade was originally written by Swedish playwright Peter Weiss. The play was first enacted in 1964 and it received a similar response as it is receiving now.

The play is about life at a mental facility in post-revolution France.

RSC says the play has had a major impact on British theatrical works since it was first played. The play did much better in the United States picking four Tony Awards in the country.

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