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Dramatic restaging of legendary Tour de France race

16 March 2017

Ventoux, a restaging of the dramatic Tour de France race between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, comes to The Salberg for just four performances from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 April.

In 2000, two giants of cycling climbed Mont Ventoux in a dramatic battle to win stage 12 of the Tour de France: Lance Armstrong, who went on to win the Tour and a further five in the years that followed before being stripped of his titles, and Marco Pantani, who never raced in the Tour again and died of an overdose four years later.

Performed with two road bikes, real race commentary and stunning film footage captured by the company as they cycled up Mont Ventoux, 2Magpies Theatre recreates the 60 minute conflict with all the benefit of hindsight, charting the parallels of their early careers and the stark split in fortunes following the race.

Mont Ventoux has become legendary in the Tour de France as one of the most gruelling climbs in the race and has a history which has inspired a solemn reverence of the ‘Giant of Provence’, from the death of English cyclist Tim Simpson 50 years ago to the spectacular crash last year which left eventual winner Chris Froome jogging several hundred yards until he could get a replacement bike.

Artistic Director of 2Magpies Theatre Tom Barnes said, “I really got into cycling in a big way in 2012 when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, and I began to look back through some of the greatest races and came across the 2000 Tour de France and Armstrong and Pantani. The way the story played out is so theatrical in itself that it seemed perfect for retelling on stage with this new angle of hindsight. We've had a lot of cycling fans come and see it – it's brilliant to see."

Lance Armstrong is played by Alexander Gatehouse and Marco Pantani is played by Tom Barnes.

Ventoux is devised by 2Magpies Theatre and Andy Routledge and directed by Matt Wilks. Video is by Mad Adam Films with lighting by Christopher Flux.

Ventoux is in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse for just four performances from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 April and is suitable for those aged 12 and over. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page