The Talking Cure

Christopher Hampton’s new play The Talking Cure deals with the early years of C.G. Jung and his decision to experiment using Freud’s controversial new method of psychoanalysis, with a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein.

Play title: The Talking Cure

Author (s): Christopher Hampton

Publisher: Faber and Faber and Samuel French Inc.

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s): Carl G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Sabina Spielrein, Otto Gross

Source Texts: John Kerr’s “A Most Dangerous Method”

Character Breakdown: 4 men, 3 women, 2 girls

Carl Gustav Jung, Emma Jung, Sabina Spielrein, Sigmund Freud, Otto Gross, An Orderly, A Nurse, a Russian Girl (six years old), An S.S. Officer, Agathe Jung (six/eight years old)

Character Parings: Orderly/S.S. Officer

Setting: Various locations in Zürich, Vienna and Rostov-on-Don

Time Period: Mainly 1900-1910, and 1942

Synopsis of Play: Christopher Hampton’s new play The Talking Cure deals with the early years of C.G. Jung and his decision to experiment using Freud’s controversial new method of psychoanalysis, with a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein. The success of the experiment and the blossoming of his relationship with friendship with Freud; and the ideas and conflicts, which engulf the three of them, embody, as Jung comes to realize, the destructive forces, which are to overwhelm the disastrous century ahead. (Play text cover blurb Faber and Faber)

First Performance Date:  December 6, 2002

First Producer: National Theatre, London

Performance History: The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton was first presented at the Royal National Theatre, London, starring Ralph Fiennes as Carl Gustav Jung, James Hazeldine as Sigmund Freud and Jodhi May as Sabina Spielrein. Directed by Howard Davies. Set Design by Tim Hatley. Costume Design by Jenny Beavan. Lighting Design by Peter Mumford. Music by Dominic Muldowney. Sound Design by Christopher Shutt.

Links:

http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/hamptonc/tcure.htm

http://www.curtainup.com/talkingcure.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/3588584/Initial-promise-flags-as-Jung-love-loses-its-passion.html

http://www.stageandcinema.com/2015/02/22/the-talking-cure/

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2003/jan/14/theatre.artsfeatures3

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-talking-cure-national-theatre-london-123832.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/3588584/Initial-promise-flags-as-Jung-love-loses-its-passion.html

http://variety.com/2003/legit/reviews/the-talking-cure-2-1200544026/

http://www.stageandcinema.com/2015/02/22/the-talking-cure/

Entered by: Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders

 

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