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The Hypocrite at Heath Ledger Theatre

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Filled with biting satire, this is in Australian vernacular
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, (Molière), was a seventeenth century French playwright widely considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western theatre.

Among his best known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

The Hypocrite, Moliere, Tartuffe, Heath Ledger, Justin Fleming, Kate Cherry, Jenny Davis
Tessa Lind and Emily Weir in Black Swans The Hypocrite (Photograph by R Frith)

Dating from 1664 is The Hypocrite (Tartuffe in French) possibly his funniest play. The plot revolves around the family of Orgon, who has fallen under the spell of fraud and former vagrant, Tartuffe. The family can see through Tartuffe, but Orgon can't - so they try various schemes to expose him.

This particular production, a joint production of Black Swan State Theatre and Queensland Theatre companies is a new version scripted by Justin Fleming (Hammer, The Cobra, Harold in Italy, Burnt Piano and more).

Justin Fleming; "We live in an age of spin. The wonderful thing about Tartuffe is that so did Molière. And the spin doctors of religion are a rich field for biting satire. We're not concerned here - and nor was Molière - with those good people who help the poor, comfort the sick, educate the young and inspire communities to moral action. No. But those charlatans who exploit families at their most vulnerable; those wolves who call young people their flock and proceed to ruin their lives; those hypocrites who talk of heaven while plundering the earth - for these, Molière is both uproariously funny and gut-wrenchingly merciless. He spoke to his century and he speaks to ours."

The Hypocrite, Moliere, Tartuffe, Heath Ledger, Justin Fleming, Kate Cherry, Jenny Davis
LR: Alison van Reeken, Darren Gilshenan and Alex Williams (Photograph by Robert Frith)

The cast includes Jenny Davis, Darren Gilshenan, Hugh Parker, Steve Turner, Alex Williams, Alison van Reeken, Tessa Lind, Emily Weir and James Sweeny.

The Hypocrite, directed by Kate Cherry, runs at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA, William Street, Northbridge from the 22nd October to the 6th November.

Tickets cost between $33.15 and $85.15 and are available from the Ticketek website here.
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Why? Divine intervention gone mad!
When: Various - see website
Phone: 1300 795 012
Where: Heath Ledger Theatre, 182 William Street, Northbridge
Cost: Various - see website
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