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16 Mar 2006

Polyeucte, Grand Théâtre Massenet, Saint-Etienne

By Francis Carlin [Financial Times 16 March 2006]

They are doing Carry on Christians in Saint-Etienne, a dizzy Technicolor show that is as camp as Christmas. Alexandre Heyraud’s interlocking series of red colonnades is simple and practical but management should have taken the costume designer Frédéric Pineau aside and stopped him spending the entire municipal budget at the local fabric warehouse. Pineau’s riotous pastel togas and headdresses are right out of a 1950s time-warp.

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