Molière

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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

Letters

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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'Trump is a Tartuffe': why Molière's banned blockbuster got an update
Star Audrey Fleurot and playwright Christopher Hampton talk about his reboot of the hard-hitting moral comedy set in post-Weinstein America

Mark Lawson

01, Jun, 2018 @8:34 AM

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Tartuffe review – bilingual production squanders Molière's wit and wisdom
Christopher Hampton’s erratic California-set adaptation features strong performances by Audrey Fleurot and Paul Anderson, but its lack of coherence is not just linguistic

Michael Billington

30, May, 2018 @11:32 AM

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Don Juan in Soho review – David Tennant seduces all
Tennant is dissolution personified in Patrick Marber’s brilliant update of his 2006 take on Molière

Kate Kellaway

02, Apr, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Don Juan in Soho review – David Tennant dazzles as a desolate hedonist
Tennant brings a beguiling, fleet-footed charm to Molière’s libertine, reinvented as DJ in Patrick Marber’s subversive update

Michael Billington

28, Mar, 2017 @9:00 PM

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