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Francophile theatre-goers are in for a treat this spring. The Arcola Theatre in Dalston is bringing to life one of the most famous French novels of all times: La Peste by Albert Camus, adapted and staged by multi-award-winning director by Neil Bartlett.…

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The French are so passionate about their language that they have made up a word  to describe the act of speaking it: ‘francophonie‘. Made up of the word ‘Franc’ (the ancient tribe that gave its name to modern France) and the greek ‘phono’  (meaning…

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Florian Zeller is French theatre’s enfant chéri and he is taking the UK and the world by storm. Following the success of his play The Father (Le Père) the most acclaimed new play of the past decade (2014 Molière Award for Best Play, Olivier nomination and…

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Haim – In The Light Of A Violin

Last night, I was lucky to see Haim – In The Light Of A Violin (or Haim – A La Lumiere d’un Violon, as it is known in French). The true story of violinist prodigy and Holocaust survivor Haïm Lipsky is written and directed with great sensibility by Gérald…

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Prepare to experience the French language in all its diversity! Actors from France, Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland meet in a wild improvisation match to celebrate the week of the French Language. It’s hosted by the FBI, not the US secret services, but…

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January promotion:  free trial class for new students who book before the end of the month. Because new year resolutions need a little support…  

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Paris http://wp.me/p4frUz-m7

This is a love/hate song to Paris in the form of a break-up letter by French singer Camille. The word pari is pronounced exactly like the city-‘Paree’ to English ears- and means ‘bet’. Un pari: a bet. And the verb parier, ‘to bet’ is derived from it. In…

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Have you always wanted to learn French but kept putting it off? Maybe you’re in a relationship with a french guy or girl (lucky you) and fancy being able to say a bit more than ‘bonjour’ to his or her mum? Now is the time to get speaking. Book before…

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Consolation by Theatre Volière

The Bridewell Theatre is hosting an Anglo-French summer season in the heart of London. Strasbourg-based touring company Theatre Voliere  -whose Poilu and Tommy received a Best show nomination from the Off West End Awards in 2014- are back in town…

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Other cats to whip

Other Cats to Whip, The Book of French Idioms is out now. Idiomatic expressions are the personality of a language. So what does it say about us French that when meaning to say ‘I have more important things to do’ what comes out of our mouths is ‘I have…
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