The 69-year-old actor, and sponsor of the Foundation for Medical Research, arrived in early July 2022 in the South of France to rehearse and present a new play. His enthusiasm was unfortunately quickly dampened by the upsurge in cases of Covid-19.
“It was off to a bad start, I had the Covid. Three performances have been canceled“, he confided to our colleagues from the Parisian in an article published this Monday, July 18, 2022 (source 1). Until July 30, Thierry Lhermitte plays an Austrian Holocaust survivor called to the bedside of a dying Nazi officer, in flowers of suns, a play by Steve Suissa, based on Simon Wiesenthal. A piece that highlights the theme of forgiveness and resilience.
If he says he is frustrated at not having been able to ensure the first performances of this play which is so close to his heart, the actor assures that he feels much better today, even if the fatigue has still not disappeared: “I’m very tired, but it’s better. I was unable to play, and then, it’s forbidden”, he notes.
Happy to finally be able to embark on a new adventure, the actor did not hide the fact that his presence at the Festival reminded him of the time of splendid : “Yes, I toured it with two trestles with my comrades from splendidI played in those conditions too, it was very sixty-eight, that’s what made me laugh, a tender laugh of course, and in fact, it’s so nice that Avignon made me conquered”, he added. Too feverish to wander around the city, he could well wait a few more days for the blistering heat to subside.