Adjani makes long-awaited return to theatre

11th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 8, 2006 (AFP) - Award-winning French actress Isabelle Adjani makes her return to the stage Friday evening starring as the doomed Mary Queen of Scots, in what is billed as the high-point of the Paris theatre season.

PARIS, Sept 8, 2006 (AFP) - Award-winning French actress Isabelle Adjani makes her return to the stage Friday evening starring as the doomed Mary Queen of Scots, in what is billed as the high-point of the Paris theatre season.

Adjani, 51, takes the lead role in 'The Last Night of Mary Stuart', by the German absurdist playwright Wolfgang Hildesheimer, which follows the Catholic queen through the two hours leading to her execution in 1587.

Long seen as a top box-office draw, Adjani has made only rare appearances in recent years — with just four poorly performing films in the last ten years. In 2000 she gave a much praised performance on stage in 'La Dame aux Camelias' by Alexandre Dumas.

French newspapers and glossy magazines carried large colour spreads on the return of Adjani, who was born in Paris in 1955 to an Algerian father and German mother, including often catty remarks about her personality.

According to France-Soir, rehearsals with Adjani have not been easy — with one fellow actor walking out on the show.

"Once the doors are closed, Miss Adjani becomes Madame Hyde ... In the event of resistance, she uses an armoury of tears and infantile foot-stampings to show her interlocutor the door," it said.

La Parisien newspaper quoted an unnamed film promoter who said that Adjani was no longer viewed as "bankable" in the industry.

"She has progressively distanced herself from people in the business, and the often very rapid way we work these days. And she has her whims, the way she blackmails directors — it's unacceptable on the part of an actress, even Adjani," he said.

Adjani shot to international fame when she was nominated for a best actress Oscar at the age of 19 for her role in Francois Truffaut's 'L'Histoire d'Adéle H.' — an achievement repeated in 1990 for 'Camille Claudel'.

In recent years she has been in the news more consistently for her private life, notably in 2004 when she went public over her split with musician Jean-Michel Jarre. In a rare move — for France — she told Paris-Match magazine how she found out that he was cheating on her.

Her current partner is brain surgeon Stéphane Delajoux who last year was found guilty of taking part in an insurance scam.

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Subject: French news

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