The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

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).

 

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