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Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, Network Theatre

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, Network Theatre

An absurdist royal wedding is a so-so theatrical find under the Waterloo arches

Bjorn Drori Avraham's Ivona, whose ugliness and silence disturb a dissipated court© Paul Hackett

I suspect there is a different production waiting to be unveiled for Witold Gombrowicz’s 1938 black comedy Ivona, Princess of Burgundia. Under the arches at Waterloo, tucked beside the station down a dark and dank service road is the Network Theatre. Home for half the year to amateur theatre, it also now hosts professionals such as Sturdy Beggars, a fledgling group set up by post-grads from The Poor School drama training space at King’s Cross. A complete surprise to me, the Network Theatre boasts one of the finest pair of red velvet stage curtains you’re likely to see in London, suggesting a rich theatricality to come. And so in Ivona it proves in some aspects, if not in others.

Our anti-heroine is both silent and supposedly so ugly it becomes a turn-on for a young Prince at a dissipated court

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