Liz Lochhead’s Tartuffe heads to Edinburgh Fringe Festival
You voted it one of your favourite A Play, A Pie and A Pint plays and now ‘Tartuffe’ Liz Lochhead’s energetic Scots adaptation of Moliere’s classic is heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
Ed Littlewood Productions in Association with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund present
Scots adaptation by Liz Lochhead
Directed by Tony Cownie
Starring Andy Clark, Joyce Falconer, Nicola Roy and Grant O’Rourke
“The cast give it pure laldy” – **** The Herald
Lochhead’s un-pc, rude and rhyming take on this utterly hilarious great French classic here set in the 1940’s and relocated to a Scotch livingroom. But what it’s saying is as universal and as now as the Me Too campaign…
Con-man Tartuffe, having found his perfect mark in gullible paterfamilias Orgon, is set to ruin them all. Unless, together, trophy wife Elmire and cheeky maid Dorine can prevail? This play puts it on the table: Sex. Men and women using it against each other. You have to laugh!
“Molière himself might well have relished its pace, flair and earthy hilarity”
**** The Scotsman
Lochhead was the Makar, or National Poet of Scotland, from 2011 to 2016, was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2015, and was recently made Honorary President of the Scottish Society of Playwrights. 33 years after her 1986 full-length Scots adaptation in rhyming couplets of Molière’s Tartuffe for The Lyceum – a huge hit which became the oft-produced and revived go-to “McMoliere Tartuffe” for Scottish Theatre for a generation – she’s made this brand new, no-frills, full-tilt cut-to-the-chase, “let’s tell the whole story with only the four lead characters in just under an hour” version for her long-time collaborator, director Cownie and this stellar cast of Scotland’s finest.
This play was first presented as A Play, A Pie and A Pint production at Òran Mór, Glasgow
1st – 25th August, Assembly Rooms, George Street (Ballroom – venue #20)
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