Martin Crimp has transposed Molière’s classic from 17th century France to the showbiz whirl of contemporary London – where all that matters is celebrity status.
The play centres on Alceste, a British playwright who is terminally disgusted with the false values and vanity of the media, particularly the tabloids. He then falls in love with Jennifer, a rising star of the film world.
Hopelessly infatuated, Jennifer’s habit of entertaining male callers – rather than devoting herself to him – makes Alceste violently jealous.
A fast-paced, slickly contemporary adaption and a ‘stinging, zinging play’ (Daily Telegraph).