James Thierrée’s

The Toad Knew

September 19 - 23, 2017

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

A World’s Stage Production
from France

James Thierrée

James Thierrée (Creator/Scenographer/Original Music/Performer) was born in 1974 to parents Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée. Mr. Thierrée made his theatrical debut in his parents’ company Le Cirque Bonjour at age four, followed by appearances with Le Cirque Imaginaire with which he toured worldwide. Between his travels, he attended the Marymount International School in Paris, and participated in occasional workshops and training sessions at Le Conservatoire de Paris, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and the Harvard Theatre School (ART) in the USA. In 1998 he established his own company, choosing his childhood nickname Hanneton (Junebug) as the title for the informal ensemble. In the same year he created his first work, The Junebug Symphony, which was awarded a Molière Award and toured the world, including runs at London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2003 he directed his second work, La Veillée des Abysses, which ran at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Peacock Theatre, and Wales Millennium Centre, as well as additional international dates in Mexico, America, and Australia. In 2007 he directed and performed in his third stage work, Au Revoir Parapluie, which had runs at Sadler’s Wells and went on to tour the world, including an engagement at Chicago Shakespeare. In 2009 he premiered his one-man show Raoul in Belgium, followed by a tour in France and the UK, including ten nights at the Barbican.

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