One Night Only
Molière’s The Misanthrope
DIRECTED BY FAY LOMAS.
“Affection I can endure, affectation I abhor”
In what is widely thought to be Molière’s best work, 17th Century French aristocracy is scrutinised and scandalised by the sharp tongue of the poet Alceste. Will his quest for more honest conversation lead to liberation or is the truth sometimes better left unsaid?
In this raucous re-telling by the inimitable Roger McGough, the hypocrisy of society is renounced and rejected, but will Alceste’s adoration of the magnetic Célimène, the worst gossip of them all, make a mockery of his campaign?
Written in witty and lyrical verse, this reading is directed by Fay Lomas in celebration of Molière’s 400th birthday.