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Tartuffe review – lavish arrival of Frank McGuinness’s take on Molière
Placing modern tech in the baroque setting, Caitríona McLaughlin’s production emphasises artifice but leaves the central message unmoored

Helen Meany

13, Mar, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Anthony Burgess translation of Molière’s The Miser comes to light for first time
The A Clockwork Orange author’s translation – complete with recording – hailed as significant literary discovery

Dalya Alberge

06, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Dom Juan review – Molière’s lothario gets lost in translation
Marking the French playwright’s 400th anniversary, this chaotic bilingual comedy lacks clarity

Miriam Gillinson

13, May, 2022 @11:45 AM

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Molière 2022 review – France’s greatest playwright comes home
In an innovative and risk-taking 400th anniversary season, Ivo van Hove and others explore the comic master’s endless variety

Clare Brennan

10, Apr, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Britain’s indifference to Molière’s 400th is no surprise but it’s still shameful
Despite some clever reimaginings of Tartuffe, the UK’s stages remain depressingly inattentive to one of the world’s greatest playwrights

Michael Billington

18, Jan, 2022 @7:21 AM

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Paris’s ‘House of Molière’ wishes happy 400th birthday to French theatre legend
The Comédie-Française is celebrating the 17th-century dramatist by recreating Tartuffe, the play that outraged the Catholic church and almost ended his career

Laura Cappelle

10, Jan, 2022 @2:27 PM

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Zainab Hasan: a remarkable star calling time on stereotypes
In our new series profiling exciting theatre talents, the actor-writer remembers lessons from Phyllida Lloyd and rapping in Molière

Arifa Akbar

03, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Can maths get us out of this mess? | Brief letters
Brief letters: Maths genius | Sir Hartley | Philanthropy | Molière | Rule of six


13, Sep, 2020 @3:28 PM

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L'École des femmes review – #MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy
A controlling fool in love comes across more like a sexual predator in this engagingly perceptive Stéphane Braunschweig production for France’s Théâtre de l’Odéon

Mark Fisher

29, Mar, 2020 @10:27 AM

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Research overturns consensus that Molière did not write his own plays
Analysis by French academics finds scant evidence to support accepted view that the classic plays were written by a better educated man

Alison Flood

27, Nov, 2019 @7:00 PM

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Tartuffe: The Imposter review – a radical Molière for an era of inequality
In John Donnelly’s new translation, the great comedy is less about religion and more a sharply characterised study of bourgeois guilt

Michael Billington

22, Feb, 2019 @12:24 PM

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Tartuffe review – RSC's buoyant satire of modern religious hypocrisy
This striking new take on Molière by the writers behind Citizen Khan sends up religious phoniness and secular pretension

Michael Billington

19, Sep, 2018 @7:00 PM

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