The Misanthrope


A co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

Alceste is passionately in love with Célimène, but just as passionately out of love with the intrigues and insincerities of the fashionable world of which she is the brightest star.

Can he persuade her to retire to a life of rural simplicity, or be persuaded himself to accept his fellow men in all their hideous imperfections?

Tony Harrison's celebrated version, fizzing with wit and invention, remains the finest translation of Molière into English.

This marked the second collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory after the sell-out success of Uncle Vanya in November 2009, which subsequently transferred to The Galway International Festival recently.



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