LEcole des Femmes16th December 2015 to 18th December 2015 - 19:30
Running time - 1hr 30 (No interval)
Price: Standard £13+booking fees, Concession/Early Bird (until 01/12/15) £11.50+booking feesPrices available at box office, email or via telephone.
Venue: Main House
Company: Lingua Franca Theatre
Director: Charlotte Amey
Arnolphe, an aging pop star, has been grooming Agnès since the age of 4 for marriage, isolating her in an abode he keeps under his new stage name “Monsieur de la Souche”. Disgusted at the libidinous nature of women around him, he demands that Agnès stay utterly ignorant so she will remain faithful to him.
However, Horace, the new "it" boy in town and son of Arnolphe’s previous manager, has also been making his move on Agnès. Not realising that Arnolphe and “Monsieur de la Souche” are the same person, Horace boasts of his conquest to Arnolphe, unwittingly giving him all the information he needs to intercept Horace's advances.
Appropriate for both French natives and learners of French, this 17th century comedy retains the original French text whilst being staged with a modern twist, criticising the influence of celebrity over naïve, vulnerable youth and poking fun at misogynistic megalomaniacs who are threatened by the sexual liberation of women in today’s society.