Sunday, 22 July 2018

Misery back on boards

A NEW adaptation of the Molière classic The Misanthrope comes to the Oxford Playhouse in April.

A NEW adaptation of the Molière classic The Misanthrope comes to the Oxford Playhouse in April.

The comedy has been translated and re-written for the British stage by acclaimed poet Roger McGough.

The play tells the story of poet Alceste who is disgusted with French society, and at the way powder-puffed fops gossip in code behind his back. In pursuit of honesty he embarks on a one-man crusade against the fakery. But could the woman he has fallen in love with be the worst culprit of all? And in this rarefied world, will his revolution prove to be just... revolting?

This play is considered to be the best work from the pen of Molière — France’s answer to Shakespeare — and is performed by the English Touring Theatre under the direction of Gemma Bodinetz. This is McGough’s third Molière adaptation — he has previously worked on Tartuffe and The Hypochondriac.

The Misanthrope runs at the Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday to Saturday, April 9 to 13. Box office 01865 305305.

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