Plays Directory : The Lesson

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Eugène Ionesco
  • Written
  • Setting
  • Overview
    The play takes place in the office and dining room of a small French flat. The Professor is expecting a new Pupil. The third character is the professor's Maid, a stout, red-faced woman, who is always worrying about the Professor's "health". As the lesson progresses, the Professor grows more and more angry with (what he perceives as) the Pupil's ignorance, and the Pupil becomes more and more quiet and meek. At the climax of the play, the Pupil is murdered by the Professor, after a long bout of non-sequiturs (which are frequently used in Ionesco's plays). The play ends as a new pupil is greeted by the Maid. Common themes include language, knives, and mathematics.

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3 known characters

1 known roles

Connected mandy members:

Joan Potter
Joan Potter
2018, The Maid
The Hope Theatre
Samia Mahcer
Samia Mahcer
2017, The Maid
Corbett Theatre
Emily Clayton
2016, Maid
Alison Sandford
2011, The Maid
Etcetera Theatre
Tracy Bargate
2008, Marie
The Albany
Catherine Gillard
2008, The Maid
The Tron, Glasgow; Scottish tour
Adrienne-Marie Zitt
2008, The maid
Ashley Christmas
2001, Maid
Rondo Theatre, Bath
Janet Rembaum
1998, The Maid
Battersea Arts Centre