FIAF presents the Comédie-Française HD screening of Ivo van Hove’s visionary new interpretation of Tartuffe, which was broadcast widely across France in celebration of Molière’s 400 year legacy.
This US premiere gives audiences, a rare opportunity to experience the original banned version of the legendary playwright’s masterpiece, that outraged the Catholic Church in 1664.
In his quest for Christian perfection, the wealthy Orgon has welcomed the devout Tartuffe into his home to be a spiritual guide for the entire household. But unable to resist temptation himself, Tartuffe falls in love with Orgon’s wife. Caught in the act of confessing his desire to the beautiful Elmire, he descends into hypocrisy, driving the family to the brink of implosion…
Ivo van Hove reimagines the original version of Tartuffe, censored in 1664 by the King the day after its premiere and performed only once in its history. He turns up the controversy, producing a modern new staging that pushes the boundaries of classical theater.
2 hours and 20 minutes
Recommended for ages 14+
Download: Digital Program (pdf)
Claude Mathieu as Mme Pernelle, Orgon’s mother
Denis Podalydès as Orgon, Elmire’s husband
Loïc Corbery as Cléante, Orgon’s brother-in-law
Christophe Montenez as Tartuffe
Dominique Blanc as Dorine
Julien Frison as Damis, Orgon’s son
Marina Hands as Elmire, Orgon’s wife
Along with Vianney Arcel, Robin Azéma, Jérémy Berthoud, Héloïse Cholley, Fanny Jouffroy, and Emma Laristan
Directed by: Ivo van Hove
Dramaturgy: Koen Tachelet
Scenography and light: Jan Versweyveld
Costumes: An D’Huys
Original music: Alexandre Desplat
Musical collaboration: Solrey
Sound: Pierre Routin
Video: Renaud Rubiano
Make-up: Claire Cohen
Assistant direction: Laurent Delvert
Assistant scenography: Jordan Vincent
Assistant light: François Thouret
A unique and absolute reference in France, the troupe of the Comédie-Française is the oldest active theatre company in the world.
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