Lekain


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Lekain

(ləkăN), 1728–78, French actor, whose original names was Henri Louis Cain. In 1750 he made his debut at the Comédie Française and became a protégé of VoltaireVoltaire, François Marie Arouet de
, 1694–1778, French philosopher and author, whose original name was Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire personifies the Enlightenment.
..... Click the link for more information.
. Together with Mlle Clairon, he took steps to introduce simple, realistic acting and historically accurate costuming. Because of the low status accorded to actors in his time, Lekain served three prison terms, once because he declined to appear on stage with an actor who had disgraced the company. His memoirs were published in 1825.
References in periodicals archive ?
The more subtle point--the depth of the French school--is also hinted at with brilliant examples from the rare Suzanne Roslin and the still more obscure Francois-Louis Gounod, augmented by the recent addition of Simon-Bernard Lenoir's theatrical Lekain, in the role of Orosmane (Fig.
This is certainly Voltaire's view of dramatic creation, as shown in his letter of December 16, 1760, to the actor Henri Lekain (D9472): "L'interet doit etre dans les choses qu'on dit, et non pas dans de vaines decorations; l'appareil, la pompe, la position des acteurs, le jeu muet sont necessaires; mais c'est quand il en resulte quelque beaute, c'est quand toutes ces choses ensemble redoublent le noeud et l'interet." Voltaire may have reworked Irene in the light of the "avis eclaires" he had sought out, but he vehemently rejected unsolicited amendments as interference:
Riccoboni's explanations sur la declamation were improved by other Italian and French actors in the late eighteen century and in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among others Antonio Morrocchesi who published in 1832 Lezioni di declamazione and Emanuele Bidera who published in 1842 Larte di declamare, and Maduit-Larive's Cours de declamation prononce a l'Athenee de Paris, Delaunay, 1810; Henri Louis Lekain's Memoires de Lekain, precedes de reflexions sur cet acteur, et sur lart theatral, par F Talma (1825), and Francois Joseph Talma's Memoires Historiques et Critiques sur E.J.