Thon Man Moliere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, starring Jimmy Chisholm and Siobhan Redmond

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.

#ThonManMoliere | #lyceum50

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, Times & Prices

20 May – 11 June 2016
£10 Previews 20, 21, 23 May, Preview tickets on sale here

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2hrs 15 minutes, including one 20 minute interval

Post-show discussion
Tuesday 31 May, FREE

For Access performances see below.


Individual Tickets

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
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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