L’Avare – Moliere2nd December 2014 to 6th December 2014 - 7.30pm
Price: £12, £10 Concession (Previews £10, £8 Concession)Prices available at box office, email or via telephone.
Venue: Main House
Co-produced by Excuse my French Productions and Lingua Franca Theatre
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Running Time: 1h
Lingua Franca Theatre is a London-based theatre company specialising in touring high quality, original language theatre productions in schools, aiming to bring foreign literature to life for students of that language.
L’Avare : Comédie Classique
Harpagon, a rich, miserly banker, is the tyrannical father of Cléante and Élise. He hides his wealth and insists that he is unable to support his family financially. He is intent on marrying off his children to rich older partners against their wishes, and becomes perversely entangled in a love triangle with his son over the beautiful, young Mariane. Élise, meanwhile, rejects her father’s attempts to force her into marriage and instead secretly becomes engaged to Harpagon’s female PA Valérie – a relationship that is sure to upset her traditional father.
This modernised version of the 17th Century comedy, retaining the original French text, holds a light up to the mercenary society that still exists in modern Europe, raising questions about the moral implications of capitalism; fraudulent practices and the rise of traditional extremists in current politics.