Thon Man Molière
By Liz Lochhead
Directed by Tony Cownie
“Why do folk not, ever, catch on to themselves?...Ach, gies you another interesting nutter to play...”
Welcome to Paris at the time of Louis XIV. Come backstage and meet the King’s theatre company - a troupe of, grande dames, old hams, ingénue’s and of course, their leading man. Right at the centre, author of their dramas and cause of all their troubles – Thon man Molière.
In constant threat of debtor’s prison, in big bother with church and state and - worst of all - disastrously in love with the wrong wife, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Molière writes brilliant comedies inspired by a desperate life. But telling the truth is a dangerous business and getting his latest drama on stage could be the death of him!
Writer of the acclaimed Perfect Days and Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off, as well as celebrated Scots versions of Medea, Oedipus, Antigone and Molière's great trio of masterpieces; poet and playwright Liz Lochhead returns to The Lyceum with a brand new original play. It tells the story of her hero, the great comedian Molière; his scandalous marriage, his scurrilous plays and the irresistible creation of his infamous and celebrated satire Tartuffe.
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Commission supported by
Dr David McNeil Summers Charitable Trust
Age guidance: 14+
Cast and Credits
Jimmy Chisholm Moliere
Molly Innes Toinette
Siobhan Redmond Madeleine Bejart
Sarah Miele Menou
Steven McNicoll Gros-Rene Du Parc
Nicola Roy Therese Du Parc
James Anthony Pearson Michel Baron
Leigh Simpson (Young Company) Mathurine
Director Tony Cownie
Writer Liz Lochhead
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer Claire McKenzie
Thon Man Moliere
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Dates and Times
20 May – 11 June 2016
£10 Previews 20, 21, 23 May, Preview tickets on sale here
Tuesday - Saturday
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Approximately 2hrs 15 minutes, including one 20 minute interval
Tuesday 31 May, FREE
For Access performances see below.
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29.50
Wednesday and Saturday: £13 - £25
From £10, not available on Premium Seats
All prices guaranteed until 5 September 2015
- Thursday 2 June- 7.30pm
- Touch Tour - 6.15pm
- Saturday 4 June - 2pm
- Touch Tour - 12.45pm
- Wednesday 8 June - 7.30pm
- Saturday 11 June - 2pm
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"a loving homage"
"a great piece of comedy skilfully using Scots language to its best"
"Beautifully staged and excellently acted"
All Edinburgh Theatre
"a passionate, intense and hilarious affair."