Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Tartuffe - Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Age Restriction: To be confirmed.
Tartuffe Photos & Video
The work of Molière has had a profound effect on the theatrical world since it first emerged in the 17th century, with the West End welcoming some acclaimed productions in the last decade alone (The Miser and The Misanthrope spring to mind).
Amongst his works is Tartuffe, which has enjoyed a long life in the spotlight, constantly evolving and regularly updated to modern settings. With that in mind it is no wonder it emerges again and provides 21st century West End theatregoers with another perspective of this classic tale. This is because the acclaimed Christopher Hampton, no stranger to the text, pens the latest adaptation, which will be a surtitle version in both English and French.
The 1660s original, then titled Tartuffe, Or The Imposter, introduces us to characters like Orgon, his wife Elmire and the titular Tartuffe himself, with the latter honing skills of great charm over the others. This new, dual language version of the text takes us to modern day Los Angeles, with Orgon becoming a French filmmaker and Tartuffe becoming a manipulative evangelical. So whilst the setting has changed, the spirit of Molière’s original text remains intact.
This isn’t the first time that Christopher Hampton has worked with the text, being responsible for an English translation in the early 1980s for the Royal Shakespeare Company, but for this latest production he transports audiences across the world and holds a mirror up to modern day events. It is sure to inspire a new generation of theatregoers, who will be eager to revisit the original in the process, ensuring its legacy continues.
Hampton’s other credits, in addition to Tartuffe, includes translations like The Father, The Mother, The Truth and The Lie, all from Florian Zeller, which have appeared at locations like the Wyndham’s Theatre and the Tricycle Theatre, and he famously adapted Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the 1980s. His own plays include Appomattox, The Talking Cure and Tales From Hollywood, amongst others.
And now his new version of Molière’s Tartuffe, which is set to be directed by Gérald Garutti, heads to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production runs there from Tuesday 29th May 2018 (previews from Friday 25th May 2018).
Show & Venue InformationTheatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
Friday, 25 May 2018
Saturday, 28 July 2018
2hr 30min (including interval)
To be confirmed.