By lizsteer at 12:34 on 30/12/13
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Balham's award-winning theatre group, Southside, will stage Martin Crimp's contemporary adaptation of Molière's 17th century classic 'The Misanthrope' from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 February 2014 at Chestnut Grove School Theatre, Boundaries Road SW12. Tickets: £10, concessions £7.50, Wednesday and Saturday. Performances: 7.45 pm Weds-Friday, Saturday at 5.00 pm. Box office: 07914 657524 or book online at http://tinyurl.com/oed6w6l target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/37ghrbl" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/37ghrbl
About the show
In a witty and fast-paced adaptation, Martin Crimp transposes Molière's classic from 17th century France to the showbiz whirl of contemporary London – where all that matters is celebrity status.
Alceste is the misanthrope of the title. The author describes him as a man 'whose uncompromising view of human beings means he is incapable of living with them'. But Alceste meets his match when he falls in love with Jennifer, an American actress – young, beautiful and famous.
According to Crimp, Jennifer's 'shameless manipulation of her powerful friends, strategic sexual provocation and delight in malicious chatter makes her… represent everything he most hates'.
The resulting pyrotechnics make for a fascinating duel of wits in the eternal war between the sexes. A 'stinging, zinging play' (Daily Telegraph).
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Repeats: Every Day until Saturday, February 22, 2014