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Roger McGough after Moliere

‘Fast-paced and full of laughter.’ WhatsOnStage
‘....elegantly executed, and enormously entertaining.’ The Times
‘...the glee with which the cast chomp into their lines is evident and infectious.’ Time Out
‘...a passion and energy that transcends across into the audience from the opening beat to the final curtain call. ’ The Public Reviews

Banned by Louis XIV, Tartuffe is Moliere's famous comedy re-told in a sparkling and witty version by 'Liverpool's Poet Laureate', Roger McGough, and was originally commissioned and produced by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in 2008.

Tartuffe is a beacon of piety and in the home of wealthy merchant Orgon he has his feet firmly under the table. But all is not as it seems and as Orgon becomes more enraptured with is new companion the whole city is chattering.  Is he a friend, a fraud, a miracle or a hypocrite?

The family smell a rat and amidst the frills and frivolity of Seventeenth Century society they hatch a cunning plan to outwit the wily deceiver before he brings their house crashing down.


Liverpool Playhouse

8 - 17 Sep 2011

Cambridge Arts Theatre

20 - 24 Sep 2011

Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

27 Sep - 1 Oct 2011

Richmond Theatre

4 - 8 Oct 2011

Exeter Northcott Theatre

11 - 15 Oct 2011

Theatre Royal Brighton

18 - 22 Oct 2011

New Wolsey, Ipswich

25 - 29 Oct 2011

Watford Palace Theatre

1 - 5 Nov 2011

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Adapted by

Roger McGough


Gemma Bodinetz


Ruari Murchison


Conor Linehan

Sound Designer

Fergus O'Hare

Lighting Designer

Colin Grenfell

Assistant Director

Dan Coleman

Movement Director

Bernadette Iglich

Costume Supervisor

Jacquie Davies

Casting Director

Ginny Schiller


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Hiran Abeysekera
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Joseph Alessi
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Madame Penelle

Eithne Brown


Simon Coates
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Annabelle Dowler
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Ilan Goodman
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Rebecca Lacey
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Emily Pithon
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Alan Stocks


Colin Tierney