Tartuffe is the world’s most-produced French play, and its ridicule of the French aristocracy is easily adaptable to suit most global class systems. In this production, Orgon is a French media tycoon who relocates his family to L.A. He soon meets right-wing evangelical preacher Tartuffe, who uses his power to manipulate Orgon and steal his fortunes. Quickly, Orgon discovers he is on the verge of losing everything.
Gerald Garutti, former dramaturg of the French People’s National Theatre, directs this sharp, current production. Christopher Hampton is no stranger to the play, having adapted it for the RSC 35 years ago with Anthony Sher in the title role. Further creative team includes designer Tim Goodchild, lighting designer Paul Anderson, sound designer David Gregory and composer Laurent Petitgand.
The original production so provoked upper-class French audiences that the Archbishop of Paris prohibited Catholics from watching, reading or performing in the play. Molière revised the play with the aim of lifting this edict, but the church would not compromise. It was banned publicly, though private performances continued.
Now, the production comes to London and is guaranteed to resonate with current audiences. This exciting, international production contains plenty of contemporary political relevance, and runs at the venue from 25 May to 28 July 2018, with a press night on 29 May 2018.
Recommended forContemporary and political theatre audiences will want to see this adaptation of a classic play by France’s Shakespeare.
Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children