This new production of Tartuffe to be presented at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is inspired by current world events, award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton has freshly adapted Molière’s comedic masterpiece.
Acclaimed film and television actor Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders, The Revenant) will make his West End debut in the title role, alongside celebrated French stage and screen star Audrey Fleurot (Spiral, The Intouchables) as Elmire. French screen star Sebastian Roché will perform the role of Orgon.
L.A. Present day. French media tycoon Orgon has fallen under the seductive spell of Tartuffe, a radical American 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.
This thrilling new adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy, penned by Academy, BAFTA and Olivier award winner Christopher Hampton (ART, Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), and directed by the former dramaturg of the French People’s National Theatre Gerald Garutti, will premiere as the West End’s first ever dual language theatre production, alternating between English and French with surtitles throughout.
The cast of Tartuffe includes Paul Anderson as Tartuffe (Peaky Blinders, The Revenant), George Blagden as Damis (Versailles, Vikings), Jaz Deol as Valère (The Halcyon, Code of a Killer), Zachary Fall as The Officer (Poldark, Versailles), John Faulkner as Monsieur Loyal (Little Boy Blue, Mary Queen of Scots), Audrey Fleurot as Elmire (Spiral, The Intouchables), Paikan Garutti as Laurent (Songe d’une nuit d’été, Courteline), Annick Le Goff as Madame Pernelle (Le Petit Lieutenant), Claude Perron as Dorine (Amélie, Chrysalis), Sebastian Roché asOrgon (Man in the High Castle, Young Pope), Olivia Ross as Mariane (War & Peace, Shakespeare’s Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Vincent Winterhalter as Cléante (Spiral, Nicolas Le Floch).
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, Paul Anderson has held leading roles in The Revenant (20th Century Fox), Legend (Working Title), In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros. Pictures) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros. Pictures). Paul Anderson will also appear as Guy of Gisborne in Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming Robin Hood film (Summit Entertainment) later in 2018.
George Blagden joins the cast as Damis, Orgon’s son. George’s best-known roles to date have included Grantaire in the film adaptation of Les Misérables (Working Title Films), King Louis XIV in Versailles (BBC Two) and Athelstan in Vikings (Amazon), as well as roles in Black Mirror (Netflix) and Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros. Pictures).
Olivia Ross plays Mariane, daughter of Orgon and brother of Damis. Olivia’s screen credits to date include playing Mademoiselle Bourienne in War & Peace (BBC One) and Queen Joan in Knightfall (History), as well as stage performances in Blue Stockings, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V (The Globe).
Sebastian Roché will make his West End stage debut as Orgon, a French media mogul living in Hollywood, who unwittingly becomes hoodwinked by Tartuffe. Sebastian’s screen credits include the HBO series Young Pope alongside Jude Law, Man In The High Castle (Amazon) and The Vampire Diaries (The CW). His stage credits include Julie Taymor’s Broadway production of The Green Bird (Mandell Weiss Theater) and Salome opposite Al Pacino (Square Theatre). He also co-stars in the upcoming second season of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series Genius.
Audrey Fleurot will play Elmire, Orgon’s wily wife who endeavours to avoid the beguiling effects of Tartuffe’s charm. Audrey Fleurot’s leading roles have included Joséphine Karlsson in the BAFTA nominated Spiral (Canal + / BBC), Magalie in the multi award-winning international hit film The Intouchables (Quad), Hortense in Un village français (Tétra Média) and as herself in Call My Agent! / Dix pour cent! (Netflix).
TARTUFFE CREATIVE TEAM
Directed by Gerald Garutti
Adapted by Christopher Hampton
Designed by Andrew D. Edwards
Composed by Laurent Petitgand
Lighting design by Paul Anderson
Sound design by David Gregory