The Misanthrope

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Basic Info

Playwright: By Molière in a version by Martin Crimp

Theatre: Comedy Theatre

Dates: 05 December 2009 – 13 March 2010; Official Opening Night (17 December 2009)

Cast: Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley, Dominic Rowan, Tim McMullan

Crew: Thea Sharrock (Director); Hildegard Bechtler (Designer); Howard Panter (Producer); Tali Perlman (Producer)


Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s blistering version of Molière’s greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.

Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste’s plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

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