Paul Anderson, who is best known for playing Arthur Shelby in hit series Peaky Blinders, makes his stage debut to play the titular Tartuffe. It will be interesting to see how Anderson's characteristic gruff plays out in his portrayal radical evangelist. French actor and BAFTA-nominated star of Spiral, Audrey Fleurot, will play Elmire, the hero's wily wife.
This Tartuffe revival will be bilingual, alternating between French with English surtitles and English with French surtitles. It will be the first dual language show the West End has seen and offers new way for English-speaking audiences to connect with Molière's language.
This ambitious project has been masterminded by Gérald Garutti,
one of the very few French directors to direct plays in English in London. Garutti, who will also direct the play, commissioned writer and translator Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) to incorporate contemporary politics, relocating the comedy to Donald Trump's America. The titular Tartuffe is an American bible-basher who creates chaos in the life of a French film tycoon. The well-known play may be over 300 years old, but the satirical impact of a hypocritical fraud tricking everyone into believing him is likely to still chime in our fake news celebrity culture.
'Statistically, Tartuffe is the most-performed French play ever,' says Christopher Hampton. 'So when Gérald Garutti and Oliver King suggested a bilingual version with an English-speaking Tartuffe, it seemed a fascinating way to approach this perennial classic and situate it in today's bewildering world.'
|What||Tartuffe, Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|Where||Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
25 May 18 – 28 Jul 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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