James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thierrée (born 2 May 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland) is a Swiss circus performer, violinist, actor and director who is best known for his theatre performances which blend contemporary circus, mime, dance, and music. He is the son of circus performers Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée, the grandson of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-grandson of playwright Eugene O'Neill.
James Thierrée at the preview of Korkoro in 2010.
James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thierrée
2 May 1974
|Education||Piccolo Teatro |
Acting International (Paris)
Harvard Theater School
|Occupation||Circus performer, actor, theatre director|
|Parent(s)||Victoria Chaplin |
|Relatives||Charlie Chaplin (maternal grandfather)|
Eugene O’Neill (great-grandfather)
Thierrée made his stage debut aged four in 1978, appearing alongside his older sister, Aurélia Thierrée, at his parents’ small circus, Le Cirque Imaginaire. He toured with the circus and its follower, Le Cirque Invisible, throughout his childhood and teenage years, until 1994. Due to this, he was taught by tutors up to the age of twelve, when he was enrolled at the American School of Paris. Later he studied at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the CNSAD and the Acting International in Paris, and the Harvard Theater School in the United States. In 1991, aged fifteen, he made his film debut in the role of Ariel in Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books, and has since appeared in several films. He was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2006 for his role in Antoine de Caunes’s film Twice upon a Time (2006).
In 1998 Thierrée founded his own theatre company, La Compagnie du Hanneton, and directed his first stage show, The Junebug Symphony (La Symphonie du Hanneton), in which he also performed. It toured several countries around the world and received favourable reviews from, for example, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Thierrée won four Molière Awards for the show, including that of the best director and the best newcomer in 2006, and it was chosen in 2009 as one of the ten most important theatre pieces of the decade by Le Figaro. His next pieces, the Bright Abyss (2003, La Veillée des Abysses) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2007) were similarly acclaimed, and he was awarded a Molière for the latter. In 2008 he also received Le Prix Plaisir du Théâtre from the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. His fourth stage show, Raoul (2009) received more mixed reviews. Thierrée’s fifth spectacle, titled Tabac Rouge, is to premiere in Lausanne in the summer of 2013.
|Ancestors of James Thiérrée|
|1995||Pre-Paradise, Sorry Now||Espace Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris||Unknown||Adaption of play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, directed by Julien Collet.|
|La Splendida Vergogna Del Fet Mal Fet||Barcelona||Unknown||Written and directed by Carlos Santos. Toured.|
|1995–1997||Lapin Lapin||Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris||Unknown||Written by Coline Serreau, directed by Benno Besson.|
|1998||Le Soleil Est Rare||Théâtre de la Criée, Marseille||Unknown||Written and directed by Michael Cohen.|
|2000||La Chauve-Souris||Paris Opera||Unknown||Adaptation of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, directed by Coline Serreau.|
La Compagnie du HannetonEdit
|1998–2005||The Junebug Symphony||Orion Theatre, Stockholm||Original French title: La Symphonie du Hanneton. Toured internationally.|
|2003–2010||Bright Abyss||La Coursive, La Rochelle||Original French title: La Veillée des Abysses. Toured internationally.|
|2007–2011||Au Revoir Parapluie||Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne||Toured internationally.|
|2009–||Raoul||Théâtre Royal, Namur||First solo show. Still touring internationally.|
|2013–||Tabac Rouge||Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne||He works on the stage with the Company. Tours internationally.|
|1993||Stefano Quantestorie||Teenage Stefano|
|The Girl in the Watermelon||Matt Carrere||Credited as James Spencer Thierrée|
|1996||The Green Beautiful||Mesaje|
|1997||Genealogies of a Crime||Young American actor||
|Une Femme dans la Rue||Unknown||Short film|
|2000||Vatel||Duc de Longueville|
|2001||A Long Long Long Night of Love||Gabriele|
|2003||Dix-huit ans après||Arthur|
|2004||Rien, voilà l'ordre||Alexis|
|2005||Bye Bye Blackbird||Josef|
|2006||Twice Upon a Time||Paul Gaylord|
|The Vanishing Point||Vincent|
|2010||Bartleby – Geschichte der Wall Street||Bartleby||Television film.|
|2011||See How They Dance||Victor/Clément|
|2016||Chocolat||George Foottit||César Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
- Turner, Brook (2012-02-04), "Death of a Clown", The Weekend Financial Review, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Greenfield, Elana. "Flight & Bliss: The Work of James Thierrée". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- "Dossier de Presse: Raoul" (PDF). Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Ellis, Samantha (2004-04-07), "Clown prince", The Guardian, London, retrieved 2007-12-16
- Ross, Lillian (2008-01-07), "Son of a Clown", The New York Times, New York, retrieved 11 July 2012
- "Raoul: Education Resource" (PDF). Perth International Arts Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 17, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- Winship, Lyndsey (2007-10-18), "A Big Pair of Shoes to Fill", The Guardian, London, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Van Gelder, Lawrence (2002-10-09), "Sleepless and Wordless, He Leaves 'Em Speechless", The New York Times, New York, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Segal, Lewis (2002-10-19), "Dreams Come Alive on A Bed of Whimsy", The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Lauréats 2006, Les Molières Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- "Les pièces de théâtre de la décennie : les choix du Figaro". Le Figaro. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Zinoman, Jason (2005-11-11), "Blood Lines the Blend Old Performance Arts with the New", The New York Times, New York, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Gardner, Lyn (2004-04-10), "La Veillée des Abysses", The Guardian, London, retrieved 2012-07-11
- Brantley, Ben (2007-12-07), "The Dreams and Horrors of the Ties That Bind", The New York Times, New York, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Gardner, Lyn (2007-11-01), "Au Revoir Parapluie", The Guardian, London, retrieved 2012-07-11
- "Au Revoir Parapluie". Théâtre Marigny. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "James Thiérrée et Clotilde Hesme récompensés". SACD. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- Gardner, Lyn (2009-10-16), "Raoul", The Guardian, London, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Cavendish, Dominic (2009-10-15), "Raoul at the Barbican Theatre", The Telegraph, London, retrieved 11 July 2012
- La Rocco, Claudia (2010-11-07), "An Elephant, a Jellyfish and a Man With a Lot on, and in, His Mind", The New York Times, New York, retrieved 11 July 2012
- Paré, Isabelle (2012-04-05), "James Thiérrée de retour au Québec", Le Devoir, retrieved 11 July 2012