CHRISTOPHER SMITH Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich
Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich
Jane Burke and Robert Little breathe fresh air into their production of Moliere's classic comedy by setting it in the garden of a Paris house. But they are able to remain true to its period, the 1660s, because the themes of hypocrisy and manipulation for the sake of cash and sex are apparently timeless.
Kerry Dabbs plays Orgon, the husband who is infatuated by a religious impostor and who cannot control his wife, his children or himself.
Hen-pecked by his obstinate mother (Rosemary Morgan), Orgon also fails to dominate his daughter (Heidi Kiddle), but in fact she needs Amy Michaels, as her splendidly impertinent maid Dorine, to give her backbone.
We hear a lot of Tartuffe before we see him. Robert Little gives him the body language of Quasimodo and uses his eyes to capture something that might just be mistaken for the religious ecstasy of a 17th century saint.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Man accidentally downloaded indecent images of children, court hears
- 3 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
- 7 Flood alert on the Broads due to high water levels
- 8 Chef reopens historic Norwich coffee shop with roasts on the menu too
- 9 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
- 10 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
Characters come across vividly and situations raise a lot of laughs. Despite sounding a little wooden at first, Christopher Hampton's translation serves the play well.