Directed by Tony Cownie
“Why do folk not, ever, catch on to themselves?…Ach, gies you another interesting nutter to play…”
Welcome to Paris at the time of Louis XIV. Come backstage and meet the King’s theatre company – a troupe of, grande dames, old hams, ingénue’s and of course, their leading man. Right at the centre, author of their dramas and cause of all their troubles – Thon man Molière.
In constant threat of debtor’s prison, in big bother with church and state and – worst of all – disastrously in love with the wrong wife, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Molière writes brilliant comedies inspired by a desperate life. But telling the truth is a dangerous business and getting his latest drama on stage could be the death of him!
Writer of the acclaimed Perfect Days and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off, as well as celebrated Scots versions of Medea, Oedipus, Antigone and Molière’s great trio of masterpieces; poet and playwright Liz Lochhead returns to The Lyceum with a brand new original play. It tells the story of her hero, the great comedian Molière; his scandalous marriage, his scurrilous plays and the irresistible creation of his infamous and celebrated satire Tartuffe.
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Commission supported by Dr David McNeil Summers Charitable Trust
Age guidance: 14+
20 May – 11 June 2016
EVENINGS, 7.30pm Tuesday – Saturday
MATINEES, 2pm Wednesdays and Saturdays
Running Time 2hrs 15 minutes, including one 20 minute interval