Misanthrope by Molière
The Misanthrope, or the deepest play by Moliere, presented alternately in English and French from the 19th June till the 7th July 2018 at Camden People’s Theatre.
Alceste is an honourable and outspoken man, in love with Célimene, a bright but slightly vain socialite. Tormented by a trial, he confides to his friend Philinte about his love and how he despises society’s complacency. His complicated love-life is then challenged even more when he abruptly witnesses the gossips and small talks going on between Célimene and her court.
Double Off West End Award Nomination: Best Production and Best Video Design
★★★★ “Wonderful production” (LPTheatres)
★★★★ “Original and entertaining” (RemoteGoat)
★★★★★ ‘A MUST SEE’ “Most enjoyable production of the year” (Londontheatre1)
★★★★ (The Upcoming)
★★★★ (Everything Theatre)
“Gossip holds civilizations together. (…) This should be good news for theatre. It means that drama may combine chatter and high rhetoric in a way that makes the profoundest human experience and deepest meanings understandable within the audience’s creative intelligence. That is what theatre is for. (…) But our gossip is debased. It no longer springs from the people’s inventiveness. It is filtered down to us by television and the big screens, distorted by the media mobs, relentless advertising and compulsive consumerism” Edward Bond
In a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, Misanthrope finds unanticipated echoes in the world today. Alceste, the most loyal man in the world, lacks only one virtue: indulgence for other’s behaviours. His search for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery calls for a new London production in 2018. With his unique touch, Off West End Best Director nominee David Furlong returns to direct, fresh from his stint at the Royal Opera House.
After the public and critical success of The Doctor in Spite of Himself, it’s a logical step for Exchange Theatre to pursue our work on Moliere for the 21st century by choosing the Misanthrope. Whilst the previous play was a farce and an invitation to love and laugh, the next one is a deeper truth seeking comedy, written surprisingly at the same time. When The Doctor treated falseness in a satirical way, The Misanthrope confronts the same themes head-on. And when Sganarelle, the doctor was a buffoon, Alceste, the misanthrope is a deep thinker through whom Molière adresses the same issues, reacting to the false critics and the moral injustice.
Casting and Information
Directed by David Furlong
Produced in association with The Camden People’s Theatre.
Supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
With Samuel Arnold, James Buttling, Fanny Dulin, Léo Elso, David Furlong, Simeon Oakes and Anoushka Rava!
English dates: 19 to 21 June, 29 & 30 June, 3 to 5 July 2018
French dates: 22 & 23 June, 26 to 28 June, 6 & 7 July 2018
Book here: https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/misanthrope/