Age: 12 and over
Subtitled in French and English Friday 1 and Wednesday 6 February 2019
► Audio description Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January 2019
Alceste, the misanthrope, loves Célimène who loves the court… And as he was the most loyal and upstanding of men, except for one small fault – his complete lack of tolerance for the behaviour of others – Molière couldn’t help but create this masterpiece.
“The ‘court society’ had become the primary elitist institution in France at the time Molière was writing his plays. The need to establish and maintain one’s position in this social structure meant people related to one another by imposing and enduring the bizarre constraints of a rigid hierarchy and rigorous etiquette. In TheMisanthrope, Molière denounces the cynical appetites of a society in which climbing the social ladder means pushing someone else down, and the game of ambitions and agendas shatters the thin veneer of politeness. The murkiness of the courtly world sullies all human interactions and undermines the very foundation of poetic art!” Alain Françon, director
With David Casada, Pierre-Antoine Dubey, Pierre-François Garel, Gilles Privat, Lola Riccaboni, Régis Royer, Dominique Valadié, Marie Vialle, (casting in process)
Set design Jacques Gabel, lighting Joël Hourbeigt, costumes Marie La Rocca, music Marie-Jeanne Séréro, hair and makeup Cécile Kretschmar, sound Léonard Françon
Produced by Théâtre des Nuages de Neige
Alain Françon is a famous classical French director. He directed many of Tcheckov and Molière with award-winning effect.