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Molière: “I want to deal with the absurdities of human nature and represent the shortcomings of the world in an agreeable manner on stage”.

Reason enough for a team of full-blooded actors to dip into Molière’s work and make a new show. Stijn Van Opstal, Bert Haelvoet, Damiaan De Schrijver, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas and Frank Vercruyssen are the team working on Molière’s oeuvre.

Plays which have definitely made it onto the programme are: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670), in which Molière makes fun of a wealthy gentleman who tries to copy the behaviour of the aristocracy, and L’Avare (The Miser, 1668), a tragicomedy about parsimony, the perverted exercise of power, avarice, truth and lies and the generation conflict. And at the same time a wonderful metaphor for the banking crisis.  

STAN knows Molière’s work particularly well. Back in 2004, this actors’ collective made the successful Poquelin, a play based on a number of Molière’s plays, including Médecin malgré lui (The Doctor in Spite of Himself) Sganarelle (The Imaginary Cuckold) and Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid). A Dutch version and a French version of the show toured extensively and clearly left their audiences wanting more. Hence Poquelin II.

tg STAN - Poquelin II
tg STAN - Poquelin II
tg STAN - Poquelin II
tg STAN - Poquelin II

text  Molière (‘L’avare’ and ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’)
by and with  Els Dottermans, Willy Thomas, Stijn Van Opstal, Bert Haelvoet, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver and Frank Vercruyssen 
lighting design Thomas Walgrave
comstumes Inge Büscher
production and decor tg STAN
coproduction of the original version Toneelhuis/Olympique Dramatique, NTGent, Dood Paard and ARSENAAL/LAZARUS
coproduction of the French spoken version 
Centre Dramatique National Besançon Franche-Comté (FR), Les Nuits de Fourvière (Lyon, FR), Théâtre de Lorient Centre Dramatique National (FR), Théâtre populaire romand La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, FR), Le Parvis scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées (FR), Comédie de Genève (CH)