Roger McGough after Moliere

About the Production

ADAPTED BY   Roger McGough 
DIRECTOR   Gemma Bodinetz
DESIGNER   Ruari Murchison
COMPOSER   Conor Linehan
LX DESIGNER   Colin Grenfell
MOVEMENT   Bernadette Iglich
CASTING   Ginny Schiller

TARTUFFE   Colin Tierney
ORGON   Joseph Alessi 
DORINE    Annabelle Dowler 
MARIANE   Emily Pithon
VALERE   Hiran Abeysekera
ELMIRE   Rebecca Lacey
DAMIS   Ilan Goodman
CLEANTE   Simon Coates

Tartuffe 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 is new companion the whole city is chattering.  Is he a friend, a fraud, a miracle or a hypocrite? 

The family smell a rat and amidst the frills and frivolity of Seventeenth Century society they hatch a cunning plan to outwit the wily deceiver before he brings their house crashing down. 

Banned by Louis XIV, Tartuffe is Moliere's famous comedy re-told in a sparkling and witty version by 'Liverpool's Poet Laureate', Roger McGough, and was originally commissioned and produced by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in 2008.

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Latest Reviews


    ...An absolute delight from start to finish...

    The Public Reviews - Ipswich
  •  ...possibly the funniest show of the year...

    East Anglian Daily Times
  •  A total delight...

    The Argus

    ...Clarity is an essential when delivering drama in verse and barely a word or joke was lost despite the audience roaring with laughter throughout... 

    Latest 7 - Brighton
  •  ...an enjoyable and thrilling night...


     ...The production was superb. The adaptation was incomparable. The acting was first rate and the direction outstanding. If you don’t want to take my word for it, ask the audience who gave it an ecstatic round of applause at the (inventive) curtain call...

    The Public Reviews - Brighton
  • ...ETT must be the best touring company in the country, but here they excel themselves, with not a single aspect of the flawless production disappointing ...This Tartuffe is in so many ways a masterclass and a masterpiece – sheer perfection...

    West Sussex County Times
  • ...irresistible comic momentum...

    The Stage
  • ...It's very much an ensemble piece, with the whole company giving spirited and energetic performances, and the Newcastle audience loved it. So did I!

    The British Theatre Guide
  • Time Out  

    ...A ribald, pungent pleasure that presents a richly funny portrait not just of the timeless figure of the conman, but of family life. Gemma Bodinetz’s bright, brisk revival for Liverpool Playhouse and English Touring Theatre is a twinkle-toed delight…

    ...The ensemble playing is terrific, and McGough’s verse, packed with cheeky rhymes, anachronisms and running gags, is breathtakingly exuberant. Bodinetz handles the mounting frenzy with an aplomb that makes her staging a real treat – elegantly executed, and enormously entertaining...

    The Times
  •  ...a sure-fire hit...something very special...

    The Cambridge News

    ...Screamingly funny...

    What's on Stage (second review)

    ...Fast-paced and full of laughter - spend time in the company of Tartuffe as it's a perfect evening out...

    What's on Stage
  •  ...Slick, superb writing from McGough...the ensemble cast triumph... (9/10 Encore!)

    Click Liverpool

    ...It is clear to see that every member of the cast have a real love for the piece, a passion and energy that transcends across into the audience from the opening beat to the final curtain call. This is an ensemble at their finest, performing with finely tuned precision...

    The Public Reviews - Liverpool
  •  ...The cast – 2/3rds original, but headed up with a new Tartuffe (Colin Tierney) – simply dazzles...it is in short, a triumph...

    Seven Streets
  • IT’S back and – you can release your breath now – Tartuffe is just as good as ever....

    ...newcomer Hiran Abeysekera as the over-sensitive, overthrown fiance, Valere, is brilliantly funny – one of the highlights of the play...

    Liverpool Daily Post
  • ...it’s hugely enjoyable, the infinitely inventive, clever and at times tongue-in-cheek cheesy verse driving the pace along merrily from one delicious set piece to the next...(9/10 Enchanting)

    The Liverpool Echo
  • ...Tartuffe is a cracking piece of theatre... (10/10)

    Liverpool Confidential
  • I travelled to Ipswich to see this production last night. Absolutely hilarious! Every single actor was perfect in his/her part. The scenery was superb and the music evoked the times. Roger McGough's interpretation really brought Moliere's play alive. This is the first time I've seen ETT and I can't wait for the next production to come to Ipswich (or even better, Colchester).

    A King
  • Saturday 17th September in Liverpool, Tartuffe was a complete delight. The cast positively sparkled with joie de vivre in this incandescent production. The adaptation was superb (but what else would you expect from Roger McGough?) Everything about this production shone; from the unobtrusive golden set which showed that uncluttered does not mean uncultured to the lighting which never descended into tricksy games with the audience. A standing ovation underlined the enjoyment, laughter and warmth this production engendered. Marvellous.

    Paul McGowan

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Liverpool Playhouse

Captioned: Saturday 17th September - Mat

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 14th September - Eve

Audio Described: Friday 16th September - Eve

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Captioned: Wednesday 21st September - Eve

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 21st September - Eve/Captioned

Northern Stage

Captioned: Saturday 1st October - Mat

Richmond Theatre

Captioned: Thursday 6th October - Eve

Post Show Q&A: Thursday 6th October - Eve/Captioned

Exeter Northcott Theatre

Captioned: Wednesday 12th October - Eve

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 12th October - Eve/Captioned

Theatre Royal Brighton

Captioned: Thursday 20th October - Eve 

Post Show Q&A: Thursday 20th October - Eve/Captioned

New Wolsey, Ipswich

Captioned: Saturday 29th October - Mat

Audio Description: Saturday 29th October - Mat

Touch Tour: Saturday 29th October 1.30pm

Watford Palace Theatre

Captioned: Wednesday 2nd November - Eve

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 2nd November - Eve/Captioned

Roger McGough after Moliere

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