(SARTRE, Jean-Paul after Alexendre Dumas). ~ Kean. [Theatre programme for the first season at the Théatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris.] [Paris, 1954.]
Small 8vo (180 × 135 mm), pp. 36, wrappers. Photographically illustrated, red and brown wrappers. Folded printed sheet ‘47 Spectacles de Paris’ for 28 April - 4 May, 1954 (listing Kean and numerous other performances in Paris) loosely inserted. Upper cover slightly rubbed, otherwise fine.
Dumas’s Kean was first performed in Paris just three years after the celebrated English actor’s death and was re-invented by Sartre in the 1950s for Pierre Brasseur, on the actor’s suggestion. The premiere took place on 14 November 1953 and was directed by A.-M Julien. This copy of the programme is signed by Brasseur and by Roger Pigaut, Claude Gensac and Georges Paumier. The play was a great success and was published by Gallimard in 1954.