Theatregoers Walk Out of 'Filthy' RSC Sade???
Date: 24 October 2011
The Royal Shakespeare Company's current revival of Marat/Sade has been causing hundreds of theatregoers to walk out due to its graphic depictions of "filth and depravity", according to several reports.
Anthony Neilson's revival of Peter Weiss’ play, which opened last week as part of the company's 50th anniversary season, includes scenes of nudity, torture and simulated sex acts.
Theatregoer Kate Dee, 25, from Worcester told the Daily Mail: "It was utter filth and depravity. The rape scene came just before the interval, and many people did not return for the second half ... I knew it was supposed to be edgy but it was the worst kind of filth dressed up as quality theatre."
The RSC has admitted that an average of 30 people have left the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre each night since the production began previews on 14 October.
But artistic director Michael Boyd defended the play, saying, "Marat/Sade changed the face of British theatre when it premiered in 1964. It’s a controversial play because the subjects it explores – insanity, individuality, sexuality, the abuse of power, freedom versus control – are just as sensitive today as they were in the 1960s."
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|I went to the final Thursday matinée and beforehand there was some discussion about whether anyone would turn up at all. Nearly all the seats were full (the odd seat was vacant, but no more than would normally happen) and no-one around me walked out. I thought it was an excellent production. - Susan||09 Nov 11|
|I left at the interval myself, not because of "filth", but because it was a dumbed-down, shaky travesty of the original landmark RSC production. Those were bolder times, these are sniggering ones. - K.W. Brown||26 Oct 11|
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