The Baxter Theatre Centre, in association with the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Cape Town, and thanks to the support of Total, BNP Paribas / RCS Group and Mazars presents the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company’s production of Molière’s
Written by Molière
Directed by Sylvaine Strike
Cast: Neil McCarthy, Craig Morris, Vanessa Cooke, Khutjo Green, Anele Situlweni, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Adrian Alper and William Harding
Sylvaine Strike (The Miser, Tobacco, And the Harmful Effects Thereof) once again brings her winning signature directorial style to the Baxter with another theatre classic, Tartuffe by Molière – regarded as one of the greatest masters of comedy.
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. It is a play which, through the strength of its comedy and satire of society, also invites us to question and interrogate
Making his long awaited return to the stage, Neil McCarthy plays Orgon, with Khutjo Green as his wife Elmire, Craig Morris takes on the title role of Tartuffe, and theatre stalwart Vanessa Cooke plays the housekeeper, Dorine. Other cast members include Anele Situlweni, Vuyelwa Maluleke, Adrian Alper and William Harding.
There is an age restriction of 16.