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National Theatre - Olivier Theatre - Londres - Angleterre


'Stuff happens. and it's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.'
The American Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld's famous response to the looting of Baghdad, at a press conference on 11 April 2003, provides the title for a new play, specially written for the Olivier Theatre. Stuff Happens sets out to dramatise the extraordinary process which led up to the formation of a coalition, headed by the US and Great Britain, to invade Iraq.


Première Preview: mercredi 01 septembre 2004
Première: vendredi 10 septembre 2004
Dernière: samedi 06 novembre 2004



Mise en scène:
Nicholas Hytner
Alex Jennings (George W. Bush), Nicholas Farrell (Tony Blair), Adjoa Andoh (Condoleezza Rice) , Desmond Barrit (Dick Cheney), Joe Morton (Colin Powell), Isla Blair (Laura Bush / Jessica Stern) , Ewan Hooper (President Jaques Chirac / Hans Blix), Philip Quast (George Tenet / John Negroponte / Maurice Gourdault-Montagne), Angus Wright (David Manning), Dermot Crowley (Donald Romsfeld), Ian Gelder (Paul Wolfowitz), Iain Mitchell (Jack Straw / Geoff Hoon), Raad Rawi (Philip Bassett / Christopher Meyer / Gerard Errera / Saddam Hussein / Ricardo Lagos), Larrington Walker (Kofi Annan / Trevor McDonald / General Hassan Muhammad Amin), Tim Donoghue (Senator John McCain /Paul O'Neill / Jean-David Levitte), Alan Leith (Jeremy Greenstock / Dan Bartlett), Don Gallagher (Alastair Campbell / Robin Cook / David Kay / Igor Ivanov), Kevork Malikyan (Ari Fleischer / Sergei Lavrov / Mohammed Elbaradei), Sara Powell (Interviewer), Nick Sampson (Jonathan Powell), Robert East (Sir Richard Dearlove), Raeda Ghazaleh


NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A beautifully staged and acted production." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A very good, totally compelling play." NEAL ASCHERSON for THE OBSERVER says, "Gives us plenty to think about but not enough to stir the emotions." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The dramatist has had the gall to raise serious doubts about the wisdom and honesty of both the Coalition’s leaders....a play that strikes me as hard-hitting, yet balanced enough...."


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