This classic comedy is given new life in the first dual language production in the West End, don’t miss Tartuffe tickets
Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe received its West End premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Performed both in English and French, the play marks theatreland’s first dual language production. Catapulted into the contemporary, Tartuffe plays a strictly limited 10-week season at the London venue.
Written in 1664, Tartuffe is the most regularly performed French play, and is frequently revived across the globe. Celebrated as Molière’s greatest comedy, the play is pushed into present day, set within Donald Trump’s increasingly dangerous America, and picking up on themes of human frailties in a darkly comic adaptation of a traditional satire.
Relocating to L.A., French media tycoon Orgon has his sights set on becoming Hollywood royalty. With a new studio and Beverly Hills mansion to complete his empire, his goal seems unshakeable. But when radical American Tartuffe appears, he begins to be seduced. Soon, Tartuffe seems set to steal Orgon’s fortune, wife, and daughter.
Tartuffe stars Peaky Blinders’ Paul Anderson in his West End debut as the titular character, with further credits including The Revenant, Legend and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Celebrated French stage and screen actress Audrey Fleurot plays Elmire, with credits including Spiral, The Intouchables and Un village français.
Further casting includes 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, as well as 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.
Directed by Gerald Garutti, the former dramaturg of the French National Theatre, the production is adapted by multi-award winner Christopher Hampton, whose credits include Dangerous Liaisons, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Atonement. Further creatives include designer Andrew D. Edwards, lighting designer Paul Anderson, sound designer David Gregory and composer Laurent Petitgand.
A hilarious and scarily pertinent production, Tartuffe plays a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, from May 25th to July 28th 2018, with an official opening on May 29th 2018.
Tartuffe is recommended for ages 12 and up.