or The League Of Hypocrites
The first London revival in 25 years and the world premiere of a new translation.
The Guardian ☆☆☆☆
London Theatre Reviews ☆☆☆☆
'If you want proof of the power of the dramatic code, look no further than this play by Mikhail Bulgakov.
'In a large and uniformly strong cast, Elizabeth Moynihan gives a beautifully measured performance as Moliere's lover, Madeleine, and Paul Brendan excels in the dual roles of theatre factotum and court jester'.
Bulgakov's 1029 play is full of wonderful theatrical surprises and besides giving it the necessary momentum, McIntyre's cast of ten ably bring its rich canvas of character into close-up focus'.
The first London revival in 25 years of the modern classic Bulgakov's Molière or The League of Hypocrites, directed by Blanche McIntyre - the inaugural winner of the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors. The Leverhulme Bursary is an exciting new award, partnering the National Theatre Studio with the Finborough Theatre, supporting a six month attachment at the internationally acclaimed National Theatre Studio, and a production at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.
Jean-Baptiste Molière is on top of the world - at the centre of Louis XIV's court, author of countless popular hits, and in love with a woman half his age. But what the audiences see as sparkling satire, the authorities see as dangerous and subversive. As soon as he takes a wrong step, his fall from grace is assured.
Assailed by rumours and tracked by the secret police, Molière's private life starts to fall apart. In this world of whispers and distortions, everyone is vulnerable. But not everyone has a theatre to run.
Inspired by real-life events and written under the shadow of Stalin, Molière is about a man's fight to keep his integrity under a repressive regime
Writer: Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Michael GlennyDirector: Blanche McIntyre.
Designer: Alex Marker.
Lighting Designer: Jon Winn.
Sound Designer: Gemma Harrison.
Costume Designer: Penn O'Gara.
Music by Plaster of Paris
24 November - 19 December 2009
The Finborough Theatre