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Dig out your French to English dictionaries as Moliere's 17th Century comedic classic returns to the stage in an updated adaptation from Christopher Hampton, with direction from Gerald Garutti, in a dual language production with surtitles provided throughout- A West End first!
Moving the setting from Paris to Hollywood, the titular imposter Tartuffe (Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson) is now an American Evangelist, set on conning a newly arrived (and very wealthy) family with his false piety. While Orgon, the head of the household attempts to set himself up as a media tycoon, Tartuffe ingratiates himself with his wife and daughter with his fraudulent talents, seduction and good old-fashioned manipulation, in his attempt to get his hands on a fortune.
First performed in 1664, Tarfuffe has proven to be Moliere's masterpiece with myriad revivals around the world each year. A fact that might have surprised the first critic of the show, King Louis XIV, who was so scandalised, he had the show banned after the first night.