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The Years

July 27 - August 31, 2024

A masterpiece memoir of French life

The Guardian

Why See The Years?

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Five extraordinary actresses portray a woman at various points in her life in this stunning stage adaptation of Annie Ernaux's The Years, which is unlike anything you've ever seen on the West End! A philosophical reflection on life, a rollercoaster ride through the decades - The Years depicts a woman's seemingly normal life in France, from the post-war period to the present day. However, as with any story where world events intersect with life, there is more than meets the eye. Don't miss this thrilling look at life, directed and adapted by visionary Edline Arbo, with an English adaptation by Stephanie Bain.

The Years Story  

Memory is everlasting, connecting the departed with the present and the living, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, and merging dreams with history. In a series of moments frozen by the click of a camera, she assumes various postures: 

A child amidst the aftermath of the Second World War. Click. A student navigating the world of social gatherings and intimacy. Click. An advocate fighting for the right to choose. Click. A spouse selecting the perfect velvet sofa. Click. A mother accompanying her eldest to judo practice. Click. A lover seducing a younger partner. Click. A grandmother proudly presenting her granddaughter to the world. Click.

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Opening night: 27 July 2024

Cast and Creative


Director and Adapter - Eline Arbo
English Adapter - Stephanie Bain
Original Book Writer - Annie Ernaux 

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