by Molière, directed by Eileen Bendell
28-30 November 1991
Molière’s comedy was banned by Louis XIV shortly after its debut in 1664, with the bishops arguing that ordinary people lacking the king’s obvious discernment might be corrupted by the immoral eponymous central character.
Orgon’s family is up in arms because Orgon and his mother have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a pious fraud. They no longer take any action without first consulting him.
Tartuffe’s antics do not fool the rest of the family or their friends. Orgon raises the stakes when he announces that he will marry Tartuffe to his daughter Mariane. The family devises a scheme to trap Tartuffe into confessing to Orgon's wife his desire for her, exposing him as a fraud.