Archived: The Heir Apparent

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Written by David Ives, adapted from Le Légataire universel by Jean-François Regnard
Directed by Paolo Emilio Landi
April 6th – 30th, 2017
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Leslie Cheek Theater – 200 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220

“Something ingenious…
Something sly…”

Set in Paris in 1708, The Heir Apparent tells the story of the penniless, but handsome, Eraste and his love for the fair Isabelle. All seems to be going well for the young couple, except one thing; Eraste can’t inherit his elderly, miserly Uncle Geronte’s fortune until the old man dies – but the old man plans to marry Isabelle, too! The multiple strands of the plot unravel with endlessly fast and funny wit, with contemporary slang thrown in, bringing this vintage 18th century story into the 21st century. This effervescent comedy, nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, crackles along brilliantly from start to finish.

This production is directed by the critically acclaimed international director of theatre and film Paolo Emilio Landi. Landi’s career has spanned over thirty years, producing shows in Italy, France, Lithuania, Russia, as well as the United States. He comes to Virginia as a guest professor at the University of Richmond teaching “Translation in Context” for the Theatre department, as well as a course on Comedy in the Italian department.

On April 8th at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture given by Mr. Landi prior to the 8pm performance. This free lecture is sponsored by Quill Theatre, UR: Languages and Literatures, and UR: Theater.


In partnership with The University of Richmond


Photo Credit: Aaron Sutten


Ticket Prices & Calendar

Tickets can be purchased online here, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visitor Services desk, or by calling VMFA Visitor Services at 804-340-1400.

All seating is General Admission.

Special Preview Performance – April 6th, 7pm
General Admission – $20       VMFA Members – $15
Click here to purchase tickets for this preview performance

Ticket Prices:
Adults – $30       VMFA Members – $25       Seniors (65+) – $25
Students – $20       RVATA Members – $25

Quill Theatre Subscribers – Please contact Pam Webb for information on your tickets.


200 N Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220

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