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Ranjit Bolt

RANJIT BOLT  (1959 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Curtis Brown Group Ltd  

Born in Manchester in 1959, Ranjit Bolt was educated at Perse School and at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an investment analyst and advisor for eight years, before concentrating on Theatre translation from the end of 1990.

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        Art Of Seduction, The         Bacchae, The         Believe It Or Not         Cyrano De Bergerac         George Dandin         Grouch, The         Hercules         Idiot, The         Illusion, The         Le Cid         Liar, The         Lysistrata         Marriage Of Figaro, The         Merry Wives - the Musical         Mirandolina         Misanthrope, The         Miser, The         Oedipus At Colon         Oedipus the King         Real Don Juan, The         Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, The         Scapin         School For Wives, The         Sisterhood, The         Tartuffe         Three Sisters         Venetian Twins, The         Waltz Of the Toreadors, The



Art Of Seduction, The

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Original Playwright - Marivaux (La Double Inconstance)

1st Produced:
Duke of Cambridge, London    1997

Company:
US representative Peregrine Whittlesey agency

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Bacchae, The

Synopsis:
a new god, with his charming followers, appears in town. Dionysus. He loves life and joy, freedom and good wine. the hedonistic young God wants to claim his position in thebes and so drives the women of the town into the woods, in ecstacy. there is a frantic party, a wild carnival. Dionysus leads his curious cousin and King, Pentheus, disguised as a woman amongst them. the Bacchae discover the plot and their fury will be merciless.

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Original Playwright - euripides

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Fourth Monkey Theatre Company

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translation

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Believe It Or Not

Synopsis:
In Scribe's 'Le Puff'(1848) - translated here as 'Believe it or not' - an honourable cavalry officer returns to Paris after five years abroad to find his countrymen happily addicted to exaggeration, dissimulation and downright lying. Can he find happiness and keep his integrity in a world where nothing is what it seems? the enduring qualities of Scribe's work - the complex yet elegant plotting, the quirky characters, the sharply-written dialogue - are all very much in evidence, as with bouyant cynicism he skewers the worlds of letters, finance and politics.
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Cyrano De Bergerac

Synopsis:
This new version of edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac is set in thirties India, where Cyrano pursues his love for Roxanne in an Asian setting.

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Original Playwright - edmond Rostand. Adapted By Jatinder Verma And Ranjit Bolt

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George Dandin

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Grouch, The

Synopsis:
If any writer on the contemporary British Drama scene deserves to be called "irrepressible", it is Ranjit Bolt, a translator and adapter, most often of Comeille or Moliere: the Grouch is an update of the latter's Le Misanthrope. He thrives on contradictions: his translations are usually in verse forms which draw attention to their artifice (here, tetrameter couplets), yet his characters sound natural and modem-day most of the time. the eponymous malcontent alceste here becomes alan, a literary critic who delights in plain-speaking as a corrective to the mindless flatteries routinely peddled in his and his beloved Celia's set. He and his friend Philip remark about an ingratiating poetaster: "God, how the fellow does persist!"/"He wants you on his Facebook list." When Celia is revealed to be the biggest hypocrite of the lot, playing all her friends and suitors off against one another, the unmasking is done by reading out incriminating e-mails (which are rendered in prose). In Bolt's work, touches like this either do not feel laboured at all, or else their contrivance becomes part of the fun, as when alan, refusing to pass judgment on another's poem, overemphasises the verse he himself speaks: "What right to judge it have I got?/Who am I - T.S. el-i-ot?"
- Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

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Original Playwright - Moliere, from Le Misanthrope

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Hercules

Synopsis:
a new translation specially commissioned by absolute Classics. Seneca's poetic account of this classic story reveals the passion for rhetoric that was to have such a strong influence on Elizabethan Drama and particularly on Marlowe and the young Shakespeare.

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Original Playwright - Seneca

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Idiot, The

Synopsis:
L'etourdi (1653), the first, the fastest, and perhaps the funniest of Moliere's verse comedies, in a new and highly entertaining translation.

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Illusion, The

Illusion, The
a comic play within a play within a play.

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Original Playwright - Pierre Corneille

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Old Vic Company

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>, 1990   978-1840021240

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Le Cid

Le Cid
Le Cid, Corneille's most famous play, signalled a resurgence in French Drama during the seventeenth century.

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Original Playwright - Pierre Corneille

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National Theatre, London

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Liar, The

Synopsis:
a hilarious comedy

Notes:
Original Playwright - Pierre Corneille

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Company:
Old Vic Company

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>, 1990   978-1840021240

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Lysistrata

Lysistrata
Lysistrata, frustrated at the ongoing violence of the civil war, convinces the women of athens to deny their husbands sex, until a treaty for peace has been signed. aristophanes is astonishingly ahead of his time in this, probably his greatest and most enduring comedy

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Original Playwright - Aristophanes

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Peter Hall Company

1st Published:
Oberon Books, London >>>, 2005   978-1840026450

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Genre:
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Marriage Of Figaro, The

Synopsis:
To help us forget the Mozart opera and see the play and its shrewd social critique afresh, Tara Arts has shifted the action from 18th-century France to 18th-century India. Here the Count becomes the Nawab; Suzanne becomes Rukhsana. the idea is that a similar sense of social upheaval prevailed in India. and while French Drama had the tradition of commedia dell'arte, Indian Drama had its own popular comic style in Bhavai.
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

Notes:
Original Playwright - Beaumarchais

1st Produced:
New Players, London    2006

Company:
Tara Arts Theatre Company

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Genre:
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Merry Wives - the Musical

Synopsis:
When Sir John Falstaff sets out to woo a rich mistress to solve his financial worries, he soon discovers that the Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. Love, song, laughter and merriment combine in a new musical version of Shakespeare's popular comedy.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Shakespeare. Adapted by Gregory Doran, music by Paul engishby, lyrics by Ranjit Bolt. Merry Wives - the Musical was first performed At the RSC in December 2006 As part of the Complete Works festival. the production featured Simon Callow As Falstaff And Judi Dench As Mistress Quickly, with music by Paul Englishby.

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Mirandolina

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Original Playwright - Carlo Goldoni

1st Produced:
Manchester, Royal Exchange    2006

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Misanthrope, The

Synopsis:
the Misanthrope was first performed in Paris in 1666. exasperated by the corruption of society, the cynical but noble alceste wrestles with his love for the worldly and coquettish Celimene.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Moliere

1st Produced:
Picaddily Theatre, London    -

Company:
Peter hall Company

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Miser, The

Synopsis:
L'avare (1666) is Moliere's great satire on materialism, a funny yet sophisticated story of cunning, guile and double-dealing, not only by the Miser himself, but also by the Miser's family and servants.

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Oedipus At Colon

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National Theatre, London

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Oedipus the King

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National Theatre, London

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Real Don Juan, The

Synopsis:
a softened, romanticised version of the infamous hero whose story ends, uniquely, in repentance and salvation. Unashamedly and ingeniously improved upon by Ranjit Bolt.

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from Zorrilla

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Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, The

Synopsis:
Corrupt local politician Dogsborough is caught up in shady dealings involving a loan to a shipping company

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Original Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

1st Produced:
Colchester, Mercury    2005

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Scapin

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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School For Wives, The

Synopsis:
ultra witty comedy of manners

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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-    1997

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Sisterhood, The

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Tartuffe

Synopsis:
the religious fraud Tartuffe has wormed his way into the affections and household of rich merchant, Orgon, with pantomime piety and counterfeit zeal. So comprehensively has he hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to succeed in driving away the son, marrying the daughter, seducing the wife and imprisoning Orgon. Moliere's satirical farce, which aims its shafts at religious and sexual hypocrisy is transported from 17C France to contemporary Turkey and Islam

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Three Sisters

Synopsis:
In a backwater town in rural Russia, the Prozorov sisters contend with mind-numbing boredom by aspiring to a return to city life in Moscow. the arrival of a new army commander brings their hopes and dreams into sharp focus in this hilarious and heartbreaking tragi-comedy.

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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the faction

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Venetian Twins, The

Synopsis:
revolves around an escalating case of mistaken identiy. a pair of identical twins, Zanatto and Tonino - the former a rich but dim-witted merchant, raised apart from his sibling, the latter a high principled gentleman - wind up in Verona at the same time

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Original Playwright - Carlo Goldoni

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Waltz Of the Toreadors, The

Synopsis:
comedy of romantic regrets and marital compromise

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Original Playwright - Jean Anouilh

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