Tartuffe
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Moliere's Tartuffe
The comedic masterpiece adapted by Christopher Hampton

Inspired by current world events, award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton has freshly adapted Moliere's comedic masterpiece.

Acclaimed film and television actor Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders, The Revenant) will make his West End debut in the title role, alongside celebrated French stage and screen star Audrey Fleurot (Spiral, The Intouchables) as Elmire. French screen star Sebastian Roché will perform the role of Orgon.

L.A. Present day. French media tycoon Orgon has fallen under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively has Tartuffe hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.

This thrilling new adaptation of Moliere's classic comedy, penned by Academy, BAFTA and Olivier award winner Christopher Hampton (ART, Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), and directed by the former dramaturg of the French People's National Theatre Gerald Garutti, will premiere as the West End's first ever dual language theatre production, alternating between English and French with surtitles throughout.


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DENIS O'HARE IS JOINED BY KEVIN DOYLE AND OLIVIA WILLIAMS IN THE NATIONAL'S TARTUFFE (18 DECEMBER 2018)

Denis O'Hare, making his National Theatre debut as Tartuffe, will be joined by Kevin Doyle as Orgon and Olivia Williams as Elmire in a new version of Moliere's comic masterpiece by John Donnelly. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the production will run in rep from 9 February to 30 April 2019 in the Lyttelton Theatre.

Orgon is the man who has everything: money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately, he's been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything. With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

Speaking about Tartuffe, Blanche McIntrye said:
"John Donnelly's adaptation is an outrageously funny, savage, brilliant updating of Moliere's classic. Molière spoke fearlessly about power and hypocrisy in Tartuffe - so much so that the play was banned more than once. This new version shifts the weight of the central ideas to entertain and disturb an audience of 2019."

The cast also includes Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae. The production has set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.



PEAKY BLINDERS' PAUL ANDERSON AND SPIRAL'S AUDREY FLEUROT STAR IN TARTUFFE (12 MARCH 2018)

Acclaimed film and television actor Paul Anderson will make his West End debut in May when he takes the title role in Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (playing for a limited ten-week West End from 25 May 2018), alongside celebrated French stage and screen star Audrey Fleurot as Elmire.

In the West End's first ever dual-language production (directed by Gerald Garutti and adapted by Christopher Hampton), Moliere's classic comedy re-imagines Tartuffe as a radical American evangelist who uproots the life of a French film tycoon in Hollywood.

Paul Anderson plays Tartuffe, a duplicitous evangelist who holds Orgon's family under his seductive spell. As well as starring in the hit drama Peaky Blinders (BBC & Netflix) as Arthur Shelby, Anderson has held leading roles in The Revenant, Legend, In the Heart of the Sea and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The actor will also appear as Guy of Gisborne in Leonardo DiCaprio's Robin Hood film later in 2018.

Audrey Fleurot will play Elmire, Orgon's wily wife who endeavours to avoid the beguiling effects of Tartuffe's charm. Fleurot's leading roles have included Josephine Karlsson in the BAFTA-nominated Spiral, Magalie in the award-winning international hit film The Intouchables, Hortense in Un village francais and as herself in Call My Agent!/Dix pour cent! (Netflix).

As befitting the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which was known to the play-going world as 'The New French Theatre' following i's opening in 1720, this adaptation of Tartuffe will alternate between English with French surtitles and French with English surtitles to reflect the unfolding plot.

Written in 1664, Tartuffe, or The Impostor became regarded as one of Moliere's most celebrated comedies, complete with some of the greatest classical theatre roles. Set present day in Donald Trump's America, the play's trenchant mockery of human frailties remains as relevant as ever in this darkly comic adaptation of the classic satire.

Additional casting is yet to be announced.



BILINGUAL VERSION OF MOLIERE'S TARTUFFE TO OPEN IN MAY (30 JANUARY 2018)

Inspired by current world events, a new adaptation of Molière's classic comedy Tartuffe is set to premiere as the West End's first dual language theatre production, performed in both English and French.

The 17th century comedy moves to America, where a French film tycoon finds his life uprooted by a radical American evangelist. Adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Gerald Garutti, Tartuffe will premiere for a limited ten-week West End run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 25 May 2018.

LA. Present day. French media tycoon Orgon has re-located to Tinseltown with his family, his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty. With a new studio to his name and a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, his empire seems infallible. But all is not as it seems, as Orgon falls under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively has Tartuffe hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.

Christopher Hampton says: "Statistically, Tartuffe is the most-performed French play ever. I've seen it in theatres ranging from the RSC to the National Theatre of Vietnam, and it never fails to seem relevant and connect with audiences, in addition, of course, to amusing them. So when Gerald Garutti and Oliver King suggested a bilingual version with an English-speaking Tartuffe, it seemed a fascinating way to approach this perennial classic and situate it in today's bewildering world."

As befitting the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which was known to the play-going world as 'The New French Theatre' following its opening in 1720, this adaptation of Tartuffe will alternate between English with French surtitles and French with English surtitles to reflect the unfolding plot.

Written in 1664, Tartuffe, or The Impostor, became regarded as one of Moliere's most celebrated comedies, complete with some of the greatest classical theatre roles.
The creative team believes that by setting the piece in present day Donald Trump's America, the play's trenchant mockery of human frailties remains as relevant as ever.





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Type of production: Comedy

Opened: 25 May 2018

Booking until: 28 July 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 20 Mins

Prices: £27.00 - £165.00

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