Asides: “The Bald Prima Donna”

Date(s) – Wednesday 2 May

Rehearsal room



Asides is an umbrella title for a series of activities unconnected with our main projects, aimed at providing an alternative to preparation for a major production. Possibilities include play-readings, poetry or technical workshops, but we are open to suggestions. You don’t have to be a Tagora member to attend; but since the venue is within the security zone of the Palais de l’Europe we do have to make arrangements for anyone who doesn’t have a badge giving access to the premises. If you fall into that category, please contact Tagora at least 48 hours in advance to give us time to complete the formalities.

The Bald Prima Donna, by Eugène Ionescu. Co-ordinator: Richard Thayer

La Cantatrice Chauve — translated from French as The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna — is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco.

Nicolas Bataille directed the premiere on 11 May 1950 at the Théâtre des Noctambules, Paris. Since 1957 it has been in permanent showing at the Théâtre de la Huchette, which received a Molière d’honneur for its performances. It holds the world record for the play that has been staged continuously in the same theatre for the longest time. Although it went unnoticed at first, the play was eventually championed by a few established writers and critics and, in the end, won critical acclaim. By the 1960s, The Bald Soprano had already been recognised as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd. With a record number of interpretations, it has become one of the most performed plays in France.