National Theatre · 09 FEB - 30 APR

A ferocious new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece.


Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.

With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

Critic reviews

John Donnelly's Moliere update features strong comic performances but lacks satirical bite

The Stage

Everyone in the household is either vacuous or venal or both

The Arts Desk

In John Donnelly’s new translation, the great comedy is less about religion and more a sharply characterised study of bourgeois guilt

The Guardian

Denis O'Hare stars in John Donnelly's lively new version of Molière's classic


This subversive Molière update is more talky than lol-worthy

Time Out

Molière farce is pressingly current with political anger and topical gags

Evening Standard

Blanche McIntyre’s production is a radical departure from the play we thought we knew

Financial Times

Tartuffe that brings down the elite in style

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 9 Feb - Tue 30 Apr, 2.15pm & 7.30pm


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