The National Theatre has announced further casting for its upcoming production of TARTUFFE, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre from February 2019.
Joining the previously announced Denis O’Hare as the title character will be Olivia Williams as Elmire and Kevin Doyle as Orgon. They are joined in the cast by Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae.
TARTUFFE is the story of an irresistible stranger who enters the house of Orgon, but may not be how he appears. John Donnelly creates a new adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy, directed by Blanche McIntyre in her National Theatre debut.
Blanche McIntyre said: ‘John Donnelly’s adaptation is an outrageously funny, savage, brilliant updating of Molière’s classic. Molière spoke fearlessly about power and hypocrisy in Tartuffe – so much so that the play was banned more than once. This new version shifts the weight of the central ideas to entertain and disturb an audience of 2019’.
Denis O’Hare said: “I have always loved Molière and find his plays bracingly relevant. As an American actor, the chance to work at the National is an immense honour. As a recently transplanted American living in Paris, to play TARTUFFE is deliciously ironic and to be Tartuffe at the National is a dream come true.”
TARTUFFE opens at London’s National Theatre from 9th February 2019. Tickets are on sale now.