Liz Lochhead's play Thon Man Molière, or Whit Got Him Intae Aw That Bother is about the brilliant but self-destructive French playwright, Molière. It was first performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh on 20 May 2016.
The play is set in Paris at the time of Louis XIV (according to a note in the script, 'There is a fluid, no-fixed-location set, minimal props, but exquisite, really good period costumes'). Molière is the leading man in the King’s theatre company, author of their dramas and cause of all their troubles. Under constant threat of debtors’ prison, in trouble with church and state and – worst of all – disastrously in love with a woman who may or may not be his daughter, Molière writes brilliant, scurrilous comedies inspired by a desperate life. But telling the truth is a dangerous business and his latest drama could be the death of him.
In an Introduction in the published script, Liz Lochhead writes that the play 'is about one of my great theatrical heroes. It was informed and inspired by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Life of Monsieur de Molière, his meticulously researched but very personal, very vivid, take on the man. ... no it doesn’t rhyme. Yes, it is in Scots, sort of, though I defy any speaker of English not to understand every word of it. (It could be adapted to any other strong idiom.)'
The Royal Lyceum Theatre production was directed by Tony Cownie and designed by Neil Murray. It was performed by Jimmy Chisholm (as Molière), Molly Innes, Siobhan Redmond (as Madeleine Béjart), Sarah Miele (as Menou), Steven McNicoll, Nicola Roy, James Anthony Pearson and Leigh Simpson.