A restaging of the dramatic Tour de France race between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani Richard Whiteley Theatre, Gigglewick, Yorkshire Dales Fri 21st April.
In 2000, two giants of cycling climbed Mont Ventoux in a dramatic battle to win stage 12 of the Tour de France: Lance Armstrong, who went on to win the Tour and a further five in the years that followed before being stripped of his titles, and Marco Pantani, who never raced in the Tour again and died of an overdose four years later. Performed with two road bikes, real race commentary and stunning film footage captured by the company as they cycled up Mont Ventoux, 2Magpies Theatre recreate the 60 minute conflict with all the benefit of hindsight, charting the parallels of their early careers and the stark split in fortunes following the race.
Mont Ventoux has become legendary in the Tour de France as one of the most grueling climbs in the race and has a history which has inspired a solemn reverence of the ‘Giant of Provence’, from the death of English cyclist Tim Simpson 50 years ago to the spectacular crash last year which left eventual winner Chris Froome jogging several hundred yards until he could get a replacement bike. Tributes are still left to Tim Simpson on the mountain side.
Ventoux premiered at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and toured widely in 2016, attracting a high percentage of new audiences to theatres big and small. Following its run at the VAULT Festival, Ventoux will tour to a further 39 venues up and down the UK. Settle Stories are thrilled to be welcoming 2Magpies Theatre back to the area after a highly successful show ‘The Litvinenko Project’ at the 2016 Settle Stories Festival.
Artistic director of 2Magpies Theatre Tom Barnes said, “I really got into cycling in a big way in 2012 when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, and I began to look back through some of the greatest races and came across the 2000 Tour de France and Armstrong and Pantani. The way the story played out is so theatrical in itself that it seemed perfect for retelling on stage with this new angle of hindsight. We’ve had a lot of cycling fans come and see it – it’s brilliant to see.”
Sita Brand, Director of Settle Stories commented: “We’re thrilled to be brining 2Magpies back to Settle. They are a young ambitious company that create amazing new work. They have an interesting perspective and combine contemporary theatre with a fascinating contemporary way of telling stories. If you’re a cycling fan or lover of contemporary theatre, this is not to be missed”
2Magpies Theatre is a Nottingham based company who explore topical and political issues. It was founded by Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks, who graduated with MAs in International Security and Terrorism in 2013.
Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 12+
Tickets available: www.settlestories.org.uk or box office: 05603 845693
2 Magpies Company Information
Devised by 2Magpies Theatre & Andy Routledge Directed by Matt Wilks
Video by Mad Adam Films Lighting design by Christopher Flux
Technical Manager Fergus Waldron Produced by Tom Barnes for 2Magpies Theatre
Lance Armstrong Alexander Gatehouse Marco Pantani Tom Barnes