The Misanthrope @The Playhouse
I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is The Misanthrope, Roger McGough’s latest adaptation of Molière at the Playhouse, is a brilliant, brilliant play. The bad news is that it’s McGough’s last. So hurry down and see it while you can.
The Misanthrope may be set in 17th century France, but it’s very much a play about now. On the surface a comedy of manners, The Misanthrope explores some of the darker sides of humanity and what makes us all, well, human. All too human in some cases.
The Misanthrope is also enormous fun. Just as I was about to write something poncey about iambic pentameter in my notes, Alceste (Colin Tierney), the eponymous Misanthrope, wafted away the pretence of talking in verse and set the scene for a clever, funny, witty and knowing play that takes the audience right along with it.
Telling the tale of Alceste’s rejection of polite society as well as his love for the flighty Célimène (Zara Tempest-Walters), a girl who eptomises the world of courtly love that Alceste despises; The Misanthrope is ultimately a tale about what it is to be good and decent and honest. It is full of wit and charm thanks to McGough, Molière and the fantastic cast and crew that have brought the play so wonderfully to life.
An absolute must see, The Misanthrope is on at the Playhouse from now until 9th March. Get down there while you can.
For more information, check out the Everyman/Playhouse website.