By Liz Lochhead
Based on L'ecole des Femmes by Moliere
Directed by Tony Cownie
I'm going to marry a sweet, pure, simple girl... your intellectual types, they make my toes curl
Scottish National Poet Liz Lochhead's new translation of Moliere's great comedy, The School for Wives, adapted and re-titled, is, like the original, in razor sharp, wicked, rhyming couplets.
Ageing bachelor Arnolphe, obsessed by the fear of being cuckolded, decides to marry his pure and innocent ward Agnes and mould her into the absolute ideal wife... Only he hasn't told her yet. And, unbeknownst to him, Agnes has already fallen for handsome young Horace who, unaware of Arnolphe's intentions, trustingly confides to the older man the madly-in-love young pair's marriage plans.
Insanely jealous, Arnolphe plots against his rival with increasingly outrageous and hilarious consequences, as he attempts to school his intended wife.
Liz Lochhead is renowned for her rhyming Moliere translations for the Lyceum into, in turn, Scots (Tartuffe) and devastatingly accurate, modern, colloquial, Scots-English (Miseryguts). We are delighted to present her most recent translation; Educating Agnes.
Cast and Credits
The cast of Educating Agnes
Lewis Howden - Chrysalde
Peter Forbes - Arnolphe
Steve McNicoll - Alain
Kathryn Howden - Georgette
Nicola Roy - Agnes
Mark Prendergast - Horace
Crawford Logan - Orante
The creative team of Educating Agnes
Director - Tony Cownie
Designer - Hayden Griffin
Our production trailer for Educating Agnes
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"beautifully done... a brilliant script"
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"Fabulous evening... brilliantly witty and real fun. A Scottish treat!"
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"great rhymes & laughs"
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"the best piece of theatre I've seen in ages. Just brilliant"
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"pure entertainment... stone wall, nailed on five star quality... if you miss it, and you’ve read this, then frankly I despair"
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"Liz Lochhead hits exactly the right note"
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"for her take on Molière's L'ecole des Femmes
I would have to mark her ten out ten."
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