L’amante anglaise returns to fortyfivedownstairs

A brutal murder is committed in a small town in France. The dismembered corpse is dropped from a railway viaduct onto passing trains below. All except the head.


Marguerite Duras’ L’amante anglaise is returning to Melbourne’s home of underground theatre, fortyfivedownstairs, for a second encore season following successful collaborations with La Mama in 2014 and 2016.

Rob Meldrum and Jillian Murray reprise their rolse as Pierre and Claire Lannes in a performance which earned Murray a 2015 Green Room Award. Through simple conversation, the couple effortlessly reveals the beauty and brutality of their inner selves, and create a painstaking portrait of lost passion throughout the performance.

“With L’amante anglaise, Marguerite Duras has created such a perfect example of pure theatre”, says director Laurence Strangio. “No frills, no gimmicks, no special effects, just us, the audience, and two consummate actors in a room exploring a rich and complex text.”

It is rare to find a production which receives two reprise seasons in Melbourne, and so far all three past productions have sold out, including the last 2016 season at fortyfivedownstairs. No doubt this fourth season will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors as Melburnians cannot get enough of the production fortyfivedownstairs Artistic Director Mary Lou Jelbert calls ‘a thrilling psychological drama, beautifully served by superb performances’.

To purchase tickets to this strictly limited season running through February 19th and for more information on this production, visit www.fortyfivedownstairs.com.au