Avignon theatre festival returns a year after coronavirus claimed 2020 edition

Talk about a comeback! The 75th Avignon theatre festival returned to its spiritual home in the main courtyard of the Palais des Papes on Monday.

The opening production, The Cherry Orchard, directed by Tiago Rodrigues, will be performed in the Cour d’honneur, with French actress Isabelle Huppert as guest star, reports RFI.

“It’s a chance in an actress’s life,” said Huppert in an interview on Sunday with Le Parisien newspaper, more than 20 years after she first performed at the Palais des Papes.

After the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, festival organisers said strict health measures would be in force until the event ends on 25 July

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