About the showAcademy, BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning writer and director Christopher Hampton brings his contemporary adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe to the stage, projecting it into Donald Trump’s increasingly tumultuous America. Making its West End premiere, the production plays a limited 10-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Widely regarded as the playwright’s greatest comedy, Tartuffe is the hilarious satire of seduction, temptation and trickery. Pushed into present day, the production is to be performed in French and English, marking the West End’s first dual theatre production.
Taking place in L.A. the adaptation sees French media tycoon Orgon growing his Hollywood empire, with the purchases of a news studio and large Beverly Hills mansion. With success in his sights, his goals seem impenetrable. But when the mysterious American evangelist Tartuffe appears, his fortunes, success and family are jeopardised, as Tartuffe begins a dance of seduction.
Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson makes his West End debut as Tartuffe, with extensive film credits including The Revenant, Legend and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Acclaimed French stage and screen actress Audrey Fleurot plays Elmire, with credits including Spiral and The Intouchables.
Casting also includes Sebastian Roché (Young Pope, The Man in the High Castle) as Orgon, George Blagden (Black Mirror) as Damis and Olivia Ross (War & Peace) as Mariane. Additional cast members feature 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.
Tartuffe is directed by Gerald Garutti, the former dramaturg of the French National Theatre, whose credits include Dangerous Liaisons for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production is adapted by Christopher Hampton, whose theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sunset Boulevard and Stephen Ward.
The production features compositions by Laurent Petitgand, design by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by David Gregory.
A laugh-out-loud satire that is guaranteed to resonate with modern audiences, Tartuffe plays at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 29th to July 28th 2018, with previews beginning May 25th 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoy comedies should take the chance to see this satire, whilst those interested in Molière’s classics should definitely take a look.
Tartuffe may not be suitable for young children.