This is the final week for Cape Town audiences to catch the acclaimed production of Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’, directed by the award-winning Sylvaine Strike of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company, with translation by Richard Wilbur, at the Baxter Flipside. The final performance is on Saturday, April 29.
Performances take place at 7.30pm nightly, so be sure not to miss out if you are a theatre buff.
Molière is regarded as one of the greatest masters of comedy and director Sylvaine Strike (‘The Miser’, ‘Tobacco, And the Harmful Effects Thereof’) once again brings her winning signature directorial style to this theatre classic.
The production follows on the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company’s runaway success in 2012 with their production of Molière’s ‘The Miser’, which ran to wide critical acclaim, seventy sold out performances and which won four Naledi Awards, including Best Production and Best Director.
Making his long awaited return to the stage, Neil McCarthy (‘Born in the RSA’) plays Orgon, with Khutjo Green (‘Animal Farm’) as his wife Elmire. Craig Morris (‘Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny’), takes on the title role of Tartuffe, and theatre stalwart Vanessa Cooke (‘Vigil’) plays the housekeeper, Dorine. Other cast members include Anele Situlweni (‘7de Laan’), Vuyelwa Maluleke (‘Emotional Creatures’), Adrian Alper (‘Generations’),William Harding(‘The Miser’) and Camilla Waldman (‘Closer’).
‘Tartuffe’ is a weasely swindler, disguised as a paragon of piety who manipulates his way into Orgon’s house and unleashes his lecherous reign. Exploring the way in which people are easily manipulated by symbols of power and honeyed words, ‘Tartuffe’ is one of Molière’s masterpieces – an uneasy comedy with a potent message at its core.
Controversial when it was first performed in 1664, the play was closed down, censored and Molière questioned by the religious authorities of the time, who saw in it an audacious critique of hypocrisy within the church. Considering this, in a time when the artist, cartoonist or satirist’s freedom of expression was not guaranteed, ‘Tartuffe’ is “as relevant now as it was then.”
“Promoting the work of Molière is even more relevant today as it remains utterly universal through the ongoing power of his word,” says Strike. “We are proud to showcase the genius of one of France’s most accomplished artists.
“It is a play which, through the strength of its comedy and satire of society, also invites us to question and interrogate.”
There is an age restriction of 16 years.
There will also be a matinee at 2pm on Saturday, April 29.
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