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Summer is over, it’s cooled down and it’s time to get back to the theatre.
Local theatre-lover Karen Wildau, who has been pioneering National Theatre transmissions in Aix for several years now, is delighted  to be able to bring The Lehman Trilogy to the Renaissance Hotel on Oct. 13. at 2:30 p.m.  
She told Aixcentric, ‘Allow me to share with you some of the praise from others:
This is a story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts in a single performance by three wonderful actors (Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles) who play the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside.  Dreaming of a new life in the new world.  He is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.  163 years later, the firm they establish-Lehman Brothers- spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.  (NTL Website)
‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is a genuinely epic production , directed by Sam Mendes, scripted by the Italian playwright Stefano Massini, and adapted into English by Ben Power.  The New York Times wrote that ‘it follows the blossoming of a small Alabama clothing store in the 1840s, founded by three immigrant Jewish brothers from Bavaria, into an international powerhouse of the stock exchange, before its world-rattling collapse in 2008. What is wrought by those three original brothers and their descendants is impressive, for sure, as they redefine the nature of getting and spending in the United States, while accumulating unbounded personal wealth.”
Karen continues: ‘And what is equally as epic is the staging of this masterful play,  I think I can say with some certainly that you have never seen anything quite like this unique production, staged in an enormous glass box which is as much a prop as a stage and  a backdrop’.
This is a three hour production with two intervals.  The link to purchase tickets is:https://www.weezevent.com/the-lehman-trilogy 

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Following my post on the water taxi service from Marseille’s Vieux Port to Pointe Rouge and L’Estaque closing for winter this weekend, there has been a development. (more…)

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That’s the aim of the ‘Escales Zero Fumée’, a 30m euro programme launched by Région Sud earlier this month; and it’s timely.

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It’s a sign of the times that people are reclaiming the streets from the remorseless  increase in traffic and it’s no different in Marseille’s main thoroughfare La Canebiere which is going from this:

 

to this:

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Free Lecture Series in Aix

The Institute for American Universities has published its list of lectures for the autumn term – some intriguing subjects are being covered.  Read on…lectures fall 19

They are all free and take place at the IAU in centre ville.

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This coming weekend, 20-22nd September, sees the 10th edition of Les Vendanges Etoilées at Cassis: (more…)

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There will be boats of all shapes and sizes in a magnificent parade on Sunday. 2000 are expected to sail from the Chateau d’If along towards MuCEM and then, exceptionally, will enter the Grand Port de Marseille. (more…)

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