Thieves' Carnival



  • (Le Bal des voleurs) An early play by Jean Anouilh,later classified by the author as one of his pièces roses,or romantic light comedies. It was first performed in 1938 in Parisand first seen in English translation in 1952. The director, AndréBarsacq (1909 - 73), was so impressed by the potential shown bythe young playwright that he chose to direct most of Anouilh's worksfor the next 10 years.

    In the play Lady Hurf willingly allows three confidence trickstersinto her home disguised as Spanish grandees. After an appropriateamount of suspicion and confusion, two of them develop romances withher nieces.