IT is almost 350 years ago that Molière’s most famous play Tartuffe was written, but the Northumberland Theatre Company will attempt to recreate its humour at the Wynd Theatre this Wednesday.
The plot revolves around a religious imposter who worms his way into the vulnerable heart of prosperous merchant Orgon, and looks set to succeed in driving away the son, marrying the daughter and seducing the wife.
This adaptation by playwright Stewart Howson will be performed in a style with its roots in Commedia del’Arte – an Italian form of theatre using masks.
It aims to prove that Molière’s drama of concealed identities and thwarted lovers is just as funny and relevant in the modern-day.
Howson said: “Molière was an actor-writer who had an awful lot to say about the society in which he lived – too much to say in some cases as Tartuffe was banned twice.
“He had his own company of actors whom he wrote and produced shows for and, like the Northumberland Theatre Company, they had a very definite regional identity and house style. They were unique and vibrant, not tied into conventions, and were always pushing their luck – I’ve tried to capture that feel in my version of the text and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”
Tartuffe starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12 from www.redshedtickets.com or phone 08432 898555.