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The National Arts Centre on Tour
Presented by the Arts & Culture Centre


From the French play of the same name by Molière
Very loosely adapted and even more loosely translated by Andy Jones
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Featuring Robert Joy and Greg Malone

TOURING September 28 - October 14, 2017

Tartuffe promo photoSynopsis

As part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, the National Arts Centre English Theatre will take one of its most popular productions,  Tartuffe , back from whence it came! Molière’s classic, directed by Jillian Keiley, is re-imagined for pre-confederate Newfoundland, with sharp wit and biting satire courtesy of Andy Jones.

By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof the wealthy merchant Orgon thinks he is harboring a pillar of piety. But in fact, Orgon is the one who has been taken in by this ruthless hypocrite and con artist. With Orgon determined to marry off his daughter to Tartuffe–and blind to the latter’s lecherous designs on his wife–it’s up to the rest of the household to expose the fraudster. But revealing the truth, it turns out, entails dangers of its own.

Molière’s comedy classic is ingeniously re-imagined in Andy Jones’ riotous adaptation, set in 1939 Newfoundland. This  Tartuffe  is two hours of insanely brilliant showmanship that is witty, cutting and fierce. A blazingly funny exploration of religious hypocrisy – given a salty and distinctive Newfoundland flavour – the show starts with a slow boil which quickly roils into a steaming, rollicking love-fest, leaving audiences hiccupping with laughter.

Fun Fact: the French original was written in rhyming verse – a form cleverly maintained in Andy Jones’ adaptation.

The tour of  Tartuffe  is made possible with support from Elinor Gill Ratcliffe C.M., O.N.L., LLD ( hc ), Penney Group, as well as Rick Mercer and Gerald Lunz.


TICKETS:  $35 Each // or $25 each as part of the Fall Theatre Series  HST & service charge included

Fall Theatre Series : Save $10 off EACH ticket when  you purchase a ticket to AT LEAST TWO of the ACC Presents Theatre Series shows: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams,  Tartuffe,  and Dedication. Click here to take advantage of this great offer!

SHOWTIME: 7:30 pm


September 28-29 - ST. JOHN'S, Arts & Culture Centre
October 4 - STEPHENVILLE, Arts & Culture Centre
October 7 - CORNER BROOK, Arts & Culture Centre
October 11 - GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts
October 14 - GANDER, Joseph R. Smallwood Arts & Culture Centre

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SHOW LENGTH:  2 hours



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