The Hypocrite

A new version of Molière's Tartuffe by Justin Fleming

8 November — 13 December 2008

This is Molière at his most diabolically funny. He’s taking the Lord’s name and making a fortune out of it!

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There’s no better racket than the religion racket and no one knows that racket like Tartuffe. Almost everyone can see what a sanctimonious hypocrite he is, but that doesn’t matter. He only needs a couple of rich and influential suckers who will fall for his holier-than-thou routine and, in old Madame Pernelle and her foolish son Orgon, he’s found them. String them along for long enough and they’ll give him anything he wants: money, power, even the hand of Orgon’s daughter in marriage.

Every time it’s revived, Molière’s 1664 play Tartuffe strikes audiences with its contemporary relevance, probably because the religious hucksterism and bigotry it satirises is always with us. This is Molière at his most diabolically funny.

Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell

Artwork for Sara Gleeson

Sara Gleeson

Kim Gyngell

Kim Gyngell

Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté

Artwork for Garry McDonald

Garry McDonald

Artwork for Mandy McElhinney

Mandy McElhinney

Marina Prior

Marina Prior

Artwork for Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Artwork for Martin Sharpe

Martin Sharpe

Kerry Walker

Kerry Walker

James Wardlaw

James Wardlaw

Ashley Zukerman

Ashley Zukerman

Artwork for Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Director

Stephen Curtis

Stephen Curtis

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

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Ian McDonald

Composer