A new adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe (The Imposter) is set for London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Inspired by world events, Christopher Hamptons adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy transports The Imposter to Donald Trump’s America where a French film tycoon finds his life uprooted by a radical American evangelist.
The production which opens in May will premiere as the West End’s first dual language theatre production, performed in both English and French. It will alternate between English with French surtitles and French with English surtitles to reflect the unfolding plot.
Written in 1664, Tartuffe, or The Impostor became regarded as one of Molière’s most celebrated comedies, complete with some of the greatest classical theatre roles.
Set present day in Donald Trump’s America, the play’s trenchant mockery of human frailties remains as relevant as ever in this darkly comic adaptation of the classic satire.
“Statistically, Tartuffe is the most-performed French play ever. I’ve seen it in theatres ranging from the RSC to the National Theatre of Vietnam, and it never fails to seem relevant and connect with audiences, in addition, of course, to amusing them.” – Christopher Hampton.
Casting to be announced.
The production is directed by Gerald Garutti, composed by Laurent Petitgand with design by Tim Goodchild, lighting by Paul Anderson and sound design by David Gregory.
Tartuffe will run from 25 May 2018 until 28 July 2018 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.