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Le Misanthrope’ scrutinises and challenges the behaviour of a privileged minority. Moliere was, of course, writing about his own world, but I felt certain that the play would gain a poignancy if it were set in an an unspecified European city during the Third Reich.

Our setting was an inner chamber which lay at the centre of a labyrinth. It bore the hallmark of European interior architectural style : many pairs of tall, heavy, wooden doors. In it, we placed just three items : a rug, an ‘s’ shaped bench, and a chandelier. They were designed to reflect the period in which our production was set and to communicate the wealth of the play’s characters.

Both the dialogue and the playing were finely honed - action was driven by motivation and not by a desire to make people laugh : ‘Le Misanthrope’ derides, but it also takes to task.

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