In Florian Zeller's The Lie, a companion piece to his earlier play The Truth, Michel and Laurence are coming for dinner. But Alice has spotted Michel kissing another woman that very afternoon, leaving her with a dilemma. Her husband Paul believes it is better to behave as if nothing has happened; Alice is far from sure. An argument ensues and as their own relationship is held up to scrutiny, the question as to who is being protected and why grows ever more difficult to answer. Translated by Christopher Hampton, The Lie received its English language world premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, in September 2017.


Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton became involved in theatre while studying French and German at Oxford University, and wrote a play in his first year.

The Royal Court's subsequent production was so successful that it transferred to the Comedy Theatre while he was still a student, making hi ...

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Florian Zeller

Florian Zeller is a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. He came to prominence with his third novel, The Fascination of Evil, which was awarded the prestigious Prix Interallié and nominated for the Prix Goncourt in 2004. Between 2004 and 2020 Zeller ...
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