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The Misanthrope by Moliere in French and in English

From 13/06/2017 at 20:00 to 08/07/2017 at 22:00


An alternate run in French and English, 8 dates in English, 8 dates in French. A new revival of Moliere’s masterpiece The Misanthrope for the 21st century playing in both English and French. Critically acclaimed last year and Nominated for Best director last year, Exchange Theatre returns to the Drayton Arms this summer with their unique creative touch.

Alceste is an honourable and outspoken man, in love with Célimene, a bright but slightly vain socialite. Tormented by a trial, he confides to his friend Philinte about his love and how he despises society's complacency. His complicated love-life is then challenged even more when he abruptly witnesses the gossips and small talks going on between Célimene and her court.

In a world of permanent fast breaking news and emptiness, Alceste remains the most loyal man, but he lacks only one virtue: indulgence for other’s behaviours. His search for genuineness against hypocrisy, interests and treachery is tormenting him and as if it could not get worse, he is in love with CÉLIMÈNE, a free spirit who entertains the surrounding vacuity, and makes it her business. For our time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, the play finds unanticipated echo in the world today, transforming the 17th century society salon into a contemporary newsroom.

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