Carry on Moliere

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Moliere’s Tartuffe, Alnwick Playhouse, Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, 7.30pm. Tickets £11, £10 conc, £8 child/student.

THE Playhouse hosts the Northumberland Theatre Company and their performance of the hilarious and outrageous classic by the French playwright Moliere next month.

The group will present an imaginative version of the 350-year-old play, written by Stewart Howson, over two nights before heading out on a mammoth 42-date tour running until November.

It tells the tale of the hypocrite Tartuffe, a roguish imposter, who worms his way into the orderly household of the prosperous yet naive merchant Orgon.

He sets out to marry the daughter, seduce the wife, imprison Orgon and get his hands on the family fortune.

The action is a mix of disguises, thwarted lovers, eavesdropping and the famous under-the-table scene, in which Orgon listens as Tartuffe attempts to seduce his wife Elmire, considered by some as the one of the funniest comic set-pieces ever written for the stage.

This version of Tartuffe is performed in a style with one foot in Commedia dell’Arte and the other in Carry On, yet with a relevance that will delight modern-day audiences.

Later in the tour, there will be performances in Morpeth, Berwick, Chatton, Glanton and Longhirst among others. See www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk for more information and dates.