Preview: Tartuffe, Brighton Theatre Royal (October 18-22)

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THIS is a chance to see a classic play by one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature, Moliere (1622 –1673).

Originally named Tartuffe or the Hypocrite, the play has fittingly been reworked by ‘Liverpool’s Poet Laureate’ Roger McGough CBE.

Tartoffer is a beacon of piety and in the home of wealthy merchant Orgon, he has his feet firmly under the table.

But all is not as it seems and as Orgon becomes more enraptured with his new companion the whole city is chattering. Is he a friend, a fraud, a miracle or a hypocrite?

The family smell a rat and they hatch a cunning plan to outwit the wily deceiver before he brings their house crashing down.

The cast for Tartuffe, from the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse includes Joseph Alessi, Hiran Abeysekera, Eithne Browne, Simon Coates, Annabelle Dowler, Ilan Goodman, Rebecca Lacey, Emily Pithon and Alan Stocks.

Though Moliere received the adulation of the court and Parisians, his satires attracted criticism from moralists and the Roman Catholic Church.

In fact Tartuffe and its attack on religious hypocrisy was condemned by the church.

King Louis XVI duly censored the play almost immediately after its performance at the behest of the Archbishop of Paris.