Garrick Theatre, London
The Miser - Garrick Theatre, London
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In early 2017 we set our sights on the latest revival of the work of Moliere, with his 1668 play The Miser heading to the Garrick Theatre under the direction of Sean Foley, fresh from directing Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott in The Dresser in 2016. This time around he recruits Griff Rhys Jones to take on the title role, whilst he and Phil Porter put together a new script that adds new dimensions to Moliere’s original story.
So for those who are already familiar with the text, there will still be plenty to sink their teeth into, with Foley and Porter adding their own comic voices to an already-well known comedy.
The Miser focuses on the frugal character by the name of Harpagon, the eponymous miser whose wealth defines him and whose actions throughout the show prove he wants no-one else to get their hands on his cash. He is matchmaking for some of the show, not only trying to match himself with Mariane, but also trying to matchmake for his son and daughter. A complex web unfolds and this chaotic act races towards an unforgettable ending.
The show has been on a long journey since it was first staged in the 1660s, having visited countries around the world and found its way to the screen as well. It means that now that it lands at the Garrick Theatre, it has a lot of history to bring with it.
So a lot rests on the direction of Sean Foley, whose background ensures he has plenty to bring to the table. He was the director of the West End’s Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre, The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre and The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season. He also works as a writer and an actor and this has only expanded the breadth of his experience, so he will have a unique eye as he sets his sights on The Miser.
The production runs at the West End’s Garrick Theatre from Monday 13th March 2017 (with previews from Wednesday 1st March 2017).
Show & Venue InformationGarrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Saturday, 03 June 2017
2 hours 35 minutes including interval