Tartuffe

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DOI: 10.5040/9780571293926.00000050
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (8) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

An adaptation of Moliere's classic, Tartuffe was first performed at The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, in May 1982.

'[This] version of Tartuffe…was commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Washington, and performed in May 1982. My impertinent intention in undertaking it was to find, if such a thing were there to be found, a completely English play that could pass under the original title, set in the original social and historical context. The Englishness of it was therefore a matter of the psychology and, of course, the expression. The first entailed the transformation of some of the characters in order that I, at least, should understand why they behave as they do. The second, which followed from the first, entailed that the characters should speak in a language that expressed the needs and fears of their natures as I understood them…

But really I make no apology for having a go—or making a stab—at Tartuffe. However much I might damage my own reputation, I’m unlikely to damage Moliere’s.' — Simon Gray

From Simon Gray: Plays 3

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Faber and Faber

Simon Gray

ISBN: 9780571254880

Series: Faber Drama

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