A light and very entertaining comedy from our national theatre about a conman who inveigles his way into a family’s home and heart.
An Abbey Theatre production
A new version by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
The show sees truth face off with deceit before revealing who has the last laugh. Tartuffe, a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, Tartuffe is in danger of destroying the whole family.
Under Caitríona McLaughlin’s direction, Frank McGuinness’s retelling of this exuberant farce is wrapped in a flamboyant production, reflecting the age in which we live. Lavish design and costumes are more haute couture than baroque while the pop-influenced soundtrack is a statement in itself.
★★★★ ‘a techno-fuelled bacchanal… Versace-meets-Versailles… McLaughlin marshals the 12-strong cast with aplomb’ The Financial Times
★★★★ ‘edgy, irreverent and witty’ The Irish Mail on Sunday
‘an effervescent production in which great actors have a brilliant time’ The Irish Times
‘a madcap production full of surprises’ Irish Independent
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Monsieur Loyal: Amy Conroy
Mariane: Emma Rose Creaner
Tartuffe: Ryan Donaldson
Damis: Naoise Dunbar
Dorine: Pauline Hutton
Orgon: Frank McCusker
Elmire: Aislín McGuckin
Filipote: Clare McKenna
Valere: Emmanuel Okoye
Pernelle: Geraldine Plunkett
Officer: Darragh Shannon
Cleante: Kevin Trainor
Written by: Molière
In a new version by: Frank McGuinness
Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace
Composer and Sound Designer: Philip Stewart
Movement Director: Paula O’Reilly
Hair and Makeup Designer: Leonard Daly
Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Director: Sarah Jones
Production Dramaturg: Tanya Dean
Associate Composer and Sound Designer: Jane Deasy
Assistant Lighting Designer: Matt Burke
Production Photos: Ros Kavanagh
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