A rip-roaring comedy by French playwright Molière, The Miser is the hilarious tale of Harpagon, a skinflint who will stoop to any level to protect his wealth. Suspecting everyone around him wants a piece of his endless fortunes, he decides to set up his children with rich spouses so that no one will pinch his pennies. But soon, his children’s true feelings are revealed and Harpagon must make the difficult decision between family and fortune.
Griff Rhys Jones stars as the miser Harpagon, returning to the London stage after playing Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!, and is best known for presenting ITV’s It’ll Be Alright on the Night, as well as appearing in Mine All Mine, Porterhouse Blues and An Absolute Turkey. Additional casting includes BAFTA-winning stand-up comedian Lee Mack, who is known for his hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out, as well as panel shows such as Would I Lie to You, Have I Got News For You and Nevermind the Buzzcocks.
Further casting includes Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education), Saikat Ahamed, Ryan Gage, Simon Holmes, Andi Osho, Michael Webber, Ellie White and Katy Wix. Horne made his West End debut in 2009 in Entertaining Mr Sloane, before appearing in The Pride at Trafalgar Studios.
Penned in 1668, The Miser is arguably Molière’s best-known play, with other classics including Tartuffe and The Misanthrope. After success with The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre, Foley is sure to bring The Miser wildly up to date. His previous theatrical triumphs include The Ladykillers, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, What the Butler Saw and his Olivier Award-winning original The Play What I Wrote. A particularly poignant comedy, this riotously funny tale of family and fortunes opens at the Garrick Theatre on March 1st, with an official opening March 13th 2017.