Tartuffe

by Molière
Direction: Michael Thalheimer


German version by Wolfgang Wiens

Without trust, every human relationship becomes impossible. Orgon’s family mistrusts Tartuffe, and increasingly so, the more the patriarch places his trust in him. Their suspicions are proven right. Tartuffe is a sanctimonious hypocrite who preys upon people’s gullibility for his own profit. Molière’s adversaries were the hypocritical clerics of his day who fought tooth and nail to prevent »Tartuffe« from being performed. Eventually, the king sanctioned the performance, in a similar way to the regal turn for the best he displays in the actual play. The gullible Orgon is saved, the family remains intact and the daughter can marry her lover. Molière presents the hypocrite and his victim to an audience who at no point are left in any doubt of the evil intentions being pursued and the extent of Orgon’s naivety which prevents him from figuring them out. Evil draws its power not from its concealment: on the contrary, it is very easily spotted. But Orgon, like all of us, is compelled more often than not to trust people and the world if he wants to live.

By: Molière
Direction: Michael Thalheimer
Stage design: Olaf Altmann
Costume design: Nehle Balkhausen
Music: Bert Wrede
Dramaturgy: Bernd Stegemann
Light design: Erich Schneider

Orgon: Ingo Hülsmann
Elmire: Regine Zimmermann
Tartuffe: Lars Eidinger
Dorine: Cathlen Gawlich
Mariane: Luise Wolfram
Damis: Franz Hartwig
Valère: Tilman Strauß
Cléante: Kay Bartholomäus Schulze
Madame Pernelle: Felix Römer
Monsieur Loyal: Urs Jucker

Duration: ca. 105 minutes

Premieres on 20 December 2013


Tour Dates

Moscow (November 2014)
Montreal (May 2015)
Ludwigshafen (December 2015)