Acclaimed film and television actor Paul Anderson will make his West End debut in May when he takes the title role in Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (playing for a limited ten-week West End from 25 May 2018), alongside celebrated French stage and screen star Audrey Fleurot as Elmire.
In the West End’s first ever dual-language production (directed by Gerald Garutti and adapted by Christopher Hampton), Molière’s classic comedy re-imagines Tartuffe as a radical American evangelist who uproots the life of a French film tycoon in Hollywood.
Additional casting is yet to be announced.
L.A. Present day. French media tycoon Orgon has re-located to Tinsel town with his family, his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty. With a new studio to his name, and a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, his empire seems infallible. But all is not as it seems, as Orgon falls under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical evangelist. So comprehensively has Tartuffe hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter.
As befitting the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which was known to the play-going world as ‘The New French Theatre’ following i’s opening in 1720, this adaptation of Tartuffe will alternate between English with French surtitles and French with English surtitles to reflect the unfolding plot.
Written in 1664, Tartuffe, or The Impostor became regarded as one of Molière’s most celebrated comedies, complete with some of the greatest classical theatre roles. Set present day in Donald Trump’s America, the play’s trenchant mockery of human frailties remains as relevant as ever in this darkly comic adaptation of the classic satire.
Also in the creative team are composer Laurent Petitgand, designer Tim Goodchild, lighting designer by Paul Anderson and sound designer David Gregory.
Paul Anderson will make his West End debut as Tartuffe, a duplicitous evangelist who holds Orgon’s family under his seductive spell. As well as starring in the hit drama Peaky Blinders (BBC & Netflix) as Arthur Shelby, Anderson has held leading roles in The Revenant, Legend, In the Heart of the Sea and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The actor will also appear as Guy of Gisborne in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Robin Hood film later in 2018.
Audrey Fleurot will play Elmire, Orgon’s wily wife who endeavours to avoid the beguiling effects of Tartuffe’s charm. Fleurot’s leading roles have included Joséphine Karlsson in the BAFTA-nominated Spiral, Magalie in the award-winning international hit film The Intouchables, Hortense in Un village français and as herself in Call My Agent!/Dix pour cent! (Netflix).