Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

First performed in 1664, Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe is now reimagined in Donald Trump’s America by multi-award winning writer and director Christopher Hampton. With tickets available for its West End premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the play will alternate between English and French, marking the West End’s first dual language theatre production.

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.

The production stars Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson, who makes his West End debut as the titular character. Anderson is best-known for his extensive film credits, including The Revenant, Legend and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Celebrated French stage and screen actress Audrey Fleurot plays Orgon's wife Elmire, with screen credits including Spiral, The Intouchables and Un village français.

Further cast members are Sebastian Roché (Young Pope, The Man in the High Castle) as Orgon, George Blagden (Les Miserables, Black Mirror) as Damis and Olivia Ross (War & Peace) as Mariane, alongside Jaz Deol as Valère, Zachary Fall as The Officer, John Faulkner as Monsieur Loyal, Paikan Garutti as Laurent, Annick Le Goff as Madame Pernelle, Claude Perron as Dorine and Vincent Winterhalter as Cléante.

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 Andrew D. Edwards, 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 with Tartuffe tickets available for performances 25 May to 28 July 2018, with a press night on 29 May 2018.

Recommended for

Contemporary and political theatre audiences will want to get tickets to this adaptation of a classic play by France’s Shakespeare.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 25 May 2018
Press night: 29 May 2018
Booking from: 28 Jul 2018
Booking until: 28 Jul 2018

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

18 Reviews Add review

Amazing acting, amazing idea to make it bilingual, surprisingly actual in today's world. Would see again!

matryoshka 175, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was very disappointed with this production. It was billed as a comedy but I found it anything but funny! Maybe it was just me ... More

joc78 5"4, 277 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Tartuffe was incredible, however, I couldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to as my French is not what it used to be a few years ag... More

aredhelalcarin 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

SamJones83 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In my view, while applauding the ambition, the bilingual aspect was an experiment that did not work (and not just because the sur... More

audreysonghurst 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Time Out gave this show 2 stars but I really enjoyed it. It was modern, well played. All the actors were really good, specially Do... More

Sotra 160cm, 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Interesting concept, well acted, but subtitles moved quite fast and detracted from enjoyment because I couldn't watch the performe... More

kevinwakefield 5'9", 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Not a great production of Moliere's classic. Fun, modern set, and some of the acting was very good, but the adaptation of the play... More

nuriagisbert 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A great fusion of old and new, the staging was great and I really enjoyed the bilingual dialogue. Not a light easy watch but if yo... More

andyballard 1 review, 0 helpful votes