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Tartuffe

Christopher Hampton
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571349340
Date Published
07.06.2018
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Summary

French billionaire Orgon, relocated to Los Angeles with his family, has fallen under the spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively is he hoodwinked that Tartuffe looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.

Molière’s classic comedy, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by the former dramaturg of the French People’s National Theatre, Gérald Garutti, premiered in May 2018, the West End’s first dual language theatre production.

This is a bilingual edition of the text.

Critic Reviews

John Donnelly's smart, witty new version . . . Eschewing Molière’s rhyming couplets (at least until the denouement), Donnelly’s version pin-points a no less acute crisis of ‘belonging’ amid affluent metropolitans . . . Superbly played across the board, it’s often laugh-a-minute stuff . . . It resonates, it detonates.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Tartuffe is a play for today . . . It can feel chic or impishly subversive, but in John Donnelly’s fresh version, apparently set in the present, the prevailing mood is one of farce.

Evening Standard
Critic Reviews

Highly enjoyable and offers a radical new take on the play. The comedy is almost always classified as a satire on religious hypocrisy. In Donnelly’s hands it becomes a study of bourgeois guilt . . . Donnelly has adapted the play to today to suggest that a reckoning will ultimately be paid for society’s grotesque inequalities . . . the message comes across loud and clear.

Guardian
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Donnelly’s smart adaptation is faithful to the original . . . The climactic image of a society about to fracture and collapse is a potent one, though – the bottom about to drop out of the world.

The Stage
Critic Reviews

Boisterous and spirited with some smart adaptations, this Tartuffe has a compelling modern twist . . . cleverly comments on contemporary hypocrisy . . . Ultimately Donnelly’s Tartuffe is a modern day satire not about religious pietism, but about how entrenched the layers of hypocrisy are within the larger institution of the country.

Culture Whisper
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Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Florian Zeller…

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