Tartuffe | Queensland Theatre
12 November - 04 December [Past Event] Playhouse, QPAC$52 - $82*Buy tickets Season tickets

In a nutshell

Con men don’t come any more brazen than Tartuffe

He’ll wheedle his way into your life and before you know it, all you had was gone.

The slick swindler’s latest mark is the wealthy Orgon, head of a household on the very top rung of society’s ladder. Orgon has worked hard to make his fortune and live a lavish life, but something is missing.

Posing as a spiritual advisor, Tartuffe is selling salvation to the successful but soul-sick socialite and has him wrapped around his little finger. The creep intends to ruin Orgon and walk away with his fortune, his wife and his daughter to boot! But fortunately, Orgon’s family can see right through this devilish impostor.

Ribald and riotously irreverent, Tartuffe is about the war of wits between a falsely pious fraud and a family conspiring to catch him with his pants around his ankles.

When first performed in the 17th century, French playwright Molière’s sinfully brilliant comedy was damned as such an attack on religious hypocrisy that the Catholic Church called for anyone watching or performing it to be excommunicated. The public, however, loved it – and its pillorying of religious fanaticism and moral weakness will resonate with modern crowds just as keenly.

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    Special Dates

    Audio Described performances
    Saturday 26 November and Thursday 1 December

    Play Briefing
    Wednesday 9 November

    Night with the Artists
    Thursday 1 December

    Cast and Crew

    Director
    Kate Cherry

    Designer
    Richard Roberts

    Lighting Designer
    David Murray

    Sound Designer
    Tony Brumpton

    Cast Includes
    Jenny Davis, Darren Gilshenan, Hugh Parker, Tessa Lind, James Sweeny, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken, Emily Weir and Alex Williams

    Runtime

    2 hours and 40 minutes

    Contains coarse language and herbal cigarettes
    • BDO
    • Black Swan
    • Boardmatters

    Reviews

    Tartuffe is a bawdy play about power, hypocrisy and gullibility.The Guardian
    Justin Fleming is a master translator of Moliere into modern Australian vernacular ... The Australian
    ... the audience’s delighted booing of Tartuffe is a sure sign of an evening with Moliere well spent.West Australian
    ... Tartuffe is an incredible example of how classic theatre can be re-imagined successfully.Out in Perth
    The whole play was a roller-coaster of tragic hysteria and comical disaster, there were laughs, cringes and gasps.Colosoul
    ★★★★☆ The cast has such obvious mastery over the language structure and the comic timing that it is easy to forget the play is over 300-years old.Limelight