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Tour de France on Stage: 'Ventoux' heads on 39-venue tour

The famous Lance-Armstrong-Marco-Pantani showdown on Mont Ventoux is coming to theaters near you in 2017

Often described as theatre, the Tour de France brings drama to thousands of kilometres of French roads every year, but this year that drama is coming to the stage. Specifically, 39 of them across the country as the 'Ventoux' theatre production goes on tour across England.

The legendary climb up Mont Ventoux has seen some wonderful races over the years, but few have become as iconic as the Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantini battle on Stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France.

'Ventoux' is a restaging of that legendary race by theatre company 2Magpies Theatre, with the added benefit of the 16 years of dramatic revelations and tragedies shared between the two riders woven into the story of the day.

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How, though, are hundreds of French kilometres and dramatic mountain vistas being condensed down into an hour-long play on a small stage? 

A projector and a pair of turbo trainers.

As you'll be able to see from the video below, the two actors and 2Magpies Theatre founders Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks sit aboard turbo trainers infront of a projector to play out the drama of the day's race.

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The first show of 'Ventoux' will be at the VAULT festival in London between February 15-19, and the tour starts on March 2.

The tour will then pay visits to 39 theatres from Lancaster to Teignmouth in March, Boscombe to Salisbury in April, and Doncaster to Margate in May.

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JuJu | 7 years ago
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Should I go and see it? Guess I live too far from the venues...

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kamoshika | 7 years ago
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I saw this last year and really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it. And, yes, they do cover the doping!

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ktache | 7 years ago
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Hadn't watched the video, complications with sound, and I hadn't really looked at the poster.  You are right, of course they do. But my pithy comment  came to me while reading the report and I couldnt resist.

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Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago
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Bit disappointed. I was hoping the Chuckle Brothers would be in it.

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ktache | 7 years ago
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Please forgive my cynicism, and as I remember it was quite a battle, but do the actors have IV lines in or do they do regular top ups with syringes mid ride?

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seyghal replied to ktache | 7 years ago
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ktache wrote:

Please forgive my cynicism, and as I remember it was quite a battle, but do the actors have IV lines in or do they do regular top ups with syringes mid ride?

Check out the observation tower in the poster; plus the pile of Coke Pantani plays with in the video.. me thinks they cover the doping! 

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