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The Misanthrope

By Molière adapted by Roger McGough

‘a whimsical delight …a blast of baroque splendour… glittering.’ The Guardian
‘Darkly delicious. ’ The Times
‘sparkling tragicomedy. ’ The Telegraph
‘an evening’s entertainment to jingle your bells.’ Whats On Stage

Master wordsmith Roger McGough dips his quill into a Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. 

Considered by many to be Molière’s best work, The Misanthrope will again join the creative forces of McGough, director Gemma Bodinetz and English Touring Theatre to complete a tricolour of Molière comedies following the huge successes of Tartuffe and The Hypochondriac.

Poet Alceste is disgusted with French society. Powdered fops gossip in code and be-jewelled coquettes whisper behind fans wherever he looks.  In pursuit of honesty, he embarks on a one-man crusade against forked-tongues, frippery and fakery.  But could the woman he has fallen in love with be the worst culprit of all?  As Alceste dreams of a pas de deux, are the only deux of Célimène her faces?  And in this rarified world will his revolution prove just revolting?

An English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse co-production.


Liverpool Playhouse

15 Feb - 9 Mar 2013

Cambridge Arts Theatre

26 - 30 Mar 2013

Richmond Theatre

2 - 6 Apr 2013

Oxford Playhouse

9 - 13 Apr 2013

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

16 - 20 Apr 2013

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

23 - 27 Apr 2013

Theatre Royal Brighton

30 Apr - 4 May 2013

Nuffield Theatre Southampton

7 - 11 May 2013

New Wolsey, Ipswich

14 - 18 May 2013

York Theatre Royal

21 - 25 May 2013

Theatre Royal Bath

28 May - 1 Jun 2013

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Adapted by

Roger McGough


Gemma Bodinetz


Michael Taylor

Lighting Designer

Paul Keogan


Peter Coyte


Charlotte Broom

Sound Designer

Fergus O'Hare

Casting Director

Ginny Schiller

Assistant Director

Matthew Xia



Neil Caple


Simon Coates
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Leander Deeny
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Daniel Goode
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Alison Pargeter
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George Potts
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Zara Tempest-Walters


Colin Tierney
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Harvey Virdi