When the seemingly perfect Tartuffe ingratiates himself with the wealthy Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle, he is soon welcomed into their home and into their lives. His combination of charm, respectability and religious authority proves so irresistible that he is eventually promised the hand of Orgon’s daughter in marriage. But the rest of Orgon’s family have grave doubts – is there more to Tartuffe than meets the eye? When the threat of eviction for the family and imprisonment for Orgon become apparent, is it all too late to find out?
This hilarious and irreverent whirlwind of lies, religious hypocrisy and family feuds features one of theatre’s most perfect comedy creations, the beguiling Tartuffe. Molière’s famous comedy is directed by The REP’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert. REP100 Patron Mark Williams steps into the legendary role following appearances in the Harry Potter films and starring in the BBC series Father Brown.
“[Chris Campbell’s] witty, up-to-date translation is the strong foundation of this gloriously funny production.”
“Roxana Silbert proves once again what an asset she is to the REP. […] A perfect antidote to a wet November evening, with a very funny translation, clever direction and excellent acting.”
The Public Reviews
“It’s a triumph.”
“The REP has another hit on its hands.”
British Theatre Guide
“Silbert’s sparklingly infectious production captures the essence of Moliere’s work.”
The Morning Star
“The REP continues to impress.”
“This talented cast used their comic timing to achieve the laughs.”
Behind The Arras
“This production really fizzes along. There are superb performances from the entire cast.”
“Silbert orchestrates this mad world with wit. A bold choice that proves the classics still work and are far from being dusty museum pieces.”
“This is an excellent new translation of a play I know and love. The satire is bang up to date.”
The Good Review
“Williams is so good. His performance is deliciously earthy and he wholly embraces the part.”
“This outstanding performance really fizzes along.”
Express and Star
“[Mark Williams’] comic performance is spot on and, like his victims, the audience end up charmed by the scruffy scoundrel.”
“A nifty new translation makes this 1664 play about hypocrites and idiots feel timeless.”
Mail On Sunday
“A decidedly more riotous experience than you might expect from a 350-year-old French play, you can’t help but feel that Molière would approve.”
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