- Author: Molière
- Title: Tartuffe
- Language: French
- Preformed: 1669 first time Paris, Palais-Royal
- after being censured for years by the King.
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- A person under the cover of a profound religious
- devotion and virtue tries to seduce
- his followers (entourage) for his own profit.
|Orgon||Head of the house and husband of Elmire, he is blinded by admiration for Tartuffe.|
|Tartuffe||Houseguest of Orgon, hypocritical religious devotee who attempts to seduce Elmire and foil Valère’s romantic quest.|
|Valère||The young romantic lead, who struggles to win the hand of his true love, Orgon’s daughter Mariane.|
|Madame Pernelle||Mother of Orgon; grandmother of Damis and Mariane|
|Elmire||Wife of Orgon, step-mother of Damis and Mariane|
|Dorine||Family housemaid, who tries to help expose Tartuffe and help Valère.|
|Cléante||Brother of Elmire, brother-in-law of Orgon|
|Mariane||Daughter of Orgon, the fiancée of Valère and sister of Damis|
|Damis||Son of Orgon; and brother of Mariane|
|Laurent||Servant of Tartuffe (non-speaking character)|
|Argas||Friend of Orgon who was anti-Louis XIV during the Fronde (mentioned but not seen).|
|Flipote||Servant of Madame Pernelle (non-speaking character)|
|Monsieur Loyal||A bailiff|
|A King’s Officer/The Exempt||An officer of the king|
- M. Orgon is “blind”.
- He thinks Tartuffe will help him attain a place in heaven
- through pious devotion.
- Orgon offers Tartuffe a place in his home,
- his assets and even betrothed his daughter to the rascal.
- The family members (except his mother Mme Perenelle)
- and audience are aware of Tartuffe’s hypocrisy.
- The plot is easy to follow and you can find all that information
- on the Tartuffe wikipedia page.
- Reading this play was hard work.
- But I put in the hours and have made some discoveries.
- Molière was writing for his time and the play feels outdated.
- France had just witnessed the manipulation of
- Queen Anne of Austria by the
- La Compagine du Saint-Sacrement, a fundamentalist religious society.
- Anne was named regent upon her husband’s death (Louis XIII).
- Their four-year-old son was later crowned King Louis XIV of France.
- Moliere wanted to denounce by means of the play ‘Tartuffe”
- the power of this society.
- The society denounced heretics,
- …libertine morals and other pastimes the French love.
- it functioned as a sort of Inquisition!
- The King of France and the Bishop of Paris had the play banned!
- After reading the play I felt I was missing something.
- I decided to watch a french version on
- ….You Tube and follow the script.
- It was awful!
- The stage design was minimalist
- …costumes were drab (looked like rags….)
- …and the actors did not bring the nuances I hoped to find.
- All they did was shout!
- Again…I felt I was missing something.
- I decided to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company
- TV version broadcast in November 1985 on BBC
- …adapted by the Oscar winner writer Christopher Hampton.
- It was an absolute delight to watch such great English actors as
- Nigel Hawthorne as Orgon and Sir Anthony Sher as Tartuffe.
- Sher is unquestionably a Tartuffe that even Molière would love!
- I’m sure the film is available at better libraries…
- and here is the link for the play on You Tube.
- My advice? Read the play in English
- …if you are feeling adventurous …read it in French.
- Then sit down and enjoy this wonderful production
- of Tartuffe by Molière.
- Christopher Hampton (British playwright, 1946)
- has penned a new adaptation of Molière’s
- classic comedy Tartuffe, which will begin performances
- May 25 2018 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.
- It will be directed by Gerald Garutti.
- In this new adaptation, the 17th century comedy moves to America, where a
- French film tycoon finds his life uprooted by Tartuffe.
- He is a radical American evangelist.