Exchange Theatre returns to the Drayton Arms Theatre with Misanthrope, by Molière, as part of their yearly Bastille Festival – a celebration of French theatre, performed in English and French.
In a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’, Misanthrope finds unanticipated echoes in the world today. Alceste, the most loyal man in the world, lacks only one virtue: indulgence for other’s behaviours. His search for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery calls for a new London production in 2017. Off West End Best Director nominee David Furlong returns to direct, fresh from his stint at the Royal Opera House. He says:
“After last year’s recognition from our peers, the press and the audience, and following the conversation we started in a post-Brexit UK, it seems that we have found our place as ‘outsiders’. Ten years after our first steps into translations of rare French-speaking plays, we are so proud to produce bold double productions in two languages and hold an annual festival for migrants and multi-lingual theatre makers. And it’s only logical that we will carry on exploring our unique language of diversity and the variety of processes that make ours as a company. We’re thrilled to follow last year’s success with another passionate effort at making theatre for our time.”
Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 in London in order to translate and produce unknown or rare French-speaking plays in English. Led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, the company translated plays from major French playwrights for the first time in London and off Broadway, before being resident at the French Institute from 2010 to 2012.
Misanthrope plays Drayton Arms Theatre from 13 June – 8 July. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website.