Home / Tag Archives: Moliere

Tag Archives: Moliere

Tartuffe – National Theatre, London

Writer: Molière, adapted by John Donnelly Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It seems that Molière’s tale of a conman posing as a man of faith who inveigles his way into a high society family has a resonance with today’s theatre audience. How else could one explain this, the third version in a year of Tartuffe, following Christopher Hampton’s West ...

Read More »

Tartuffe – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Christopher Hampton Director: Gérald Garutti Reviewer: Stephen Bates Even if Brexit is unstoppable, the Entente Cordiale looks set to live on, exemplified by this production of a Molière play, written in 1664, adapted by an Englishman, directed by a Frenchman, performed by French and British actors and spoken in both French and English in roughly even measures. ...

Read More »

The Misanthrope – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer: Molière Director: David Furlong Reviewer: Stephen Bates With the United Kingdom and France both recovering from election campaigns, satirical words on fake news and spin feel particularly apposite, even if those words come from the 17th Century. Molière's Le Misanthrope, written in rhyming verse, premiered in Paris in 1666, staging the play with alternate performances in French and English, ...

Read More »

The Sisterhood – Leicester Sq Theatre, London

Writer: Ranjit Bolt (based onMolière’s Les Femmes savantes) Director: Kate Napier Reviewer: Jon Wainwright For Armande, marriage is a "supremely nauseating word" and an institution that condemns women to spawning brats and worshipping a man. For Henriette, it means a loving husband and family (so long as she can marry the man she loves, Clitandre). Armande wants Henriette to join ...

Read More »

Thon Man Molière – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Liz Lochhead Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Dominic Corr Molière, for some, has a more solid place in the hearts and minds of Scottish playwrights than that of the Bard or Burns themselves. It would certainly seem the case for Liz Lochhead who returns to the Lyceum during its 50th anniversary to deliver what is a love letter, not simply ...

Read More »

The Sisterhood – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Julia Watson, Katherine Manners, Paul Trussell & Joanna Roth in The Sisterhood from Coventry'a Belgrade theatre

Writer: Ranjit Bolt, adapted from Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes, a satire on academic pretension and female education, was written and premiered in the late 17th century. Ranjit Bolt has translated it and relocated the action to the 1980s, the decade of the yuppie; a good choice given the characters’ ...

Read More »

Tartuffe! – The West Park Church, New York

A scene from Tartuffe

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Jake Brandman Director: Beth Gardiner Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   From its energetic and in-your-face opening number, Three Day Hangover’s Tartuffe is a brilliant satire of modern politics and culture. It is also an audience-interactive drinking game and a well-crafted work of theater, so there’s something for everyone except the humorless. Tartuffe, played by Tom Schwanns, is a ...

Read More »

Tartuffe – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Molière Director: Ralf Togneri Reviewer: Claire Hayes First performed in Versailles in 1664, Tartuffe was banned soon afterwards by King Louis XIV because of its display of religious hypocrisy and its confusion of virtue and vice. In today’s more secular society, it’s possibly harder to take the same offence on religious grounds, but still easy to recognise the bounder ...

Read More »