A Theatre Royal Bath production, it also stars Imogen Stubbs (Sense and Sensibility; Anna Lee) and Tracie Bennett, last seen in town delivering a triumphant performance as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow.
The Hypochondriac is the story of Argan, a healthy, wealthy, penny-pinching gent who is obsessed with a string of imaginary ailments. As such, he falls prey to the eccentric quacks of the 17th century who, along with his treacherous wife, endeavour to fleece him of his fortune. Meanwhile, his love-struck daughter, her dashing lover and an astute maid are on hand to set him straight.
The play was first performed in Paris, 1673, and starred Molière himself in the leading role. Ironically, during the fourth performance, Molière collapsed on stage and died shortly afterwards!
This brand new production comes courtesy of Richard Bean, the man who adapted the hugely successful One Man, Two Guvnors, and looks set to be a star- studded farce the likes of which we’ve never seen – and the perfect antidote to a dreary November evening.
The play runs 10-15 November, 7.45pm (2.30pm Thursday & Saturday matinee). Tickets from £15.