2019-20 Season So Far
The Miser, by Moliere, freely adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter to appeal to today’s audience.
Still set in late 17th century, the costumes and ingenious set exuded faded French wealth. The plot follows the antics of a paranoid old man trying to protect his money. Directed by Sarah Clarke, it was a fine opener for the new season with some excellent characterisations and wonderfully risque lines. The ever-collapsing set was hilarious and well-co-ordinated and the idea of using the backstage crew almost as cast members, when changing the set, was inspired. Tony Price was delightfully doddery in the lead role of Harpagon and Tim Hands, as the multi-roled Maitre Jaques, contrasted with a super-speedy delivery. Esme Martin was wonderful as Harpagon’s sweet daughter, Elise, She was beautifully naive as she delivered double entendres galore. Barbara Lloyd was perfect as Frosine the Matchmaker, enjoying every nuance of the script. Daniel Hands looked impressive as Harpagon’s foppish son Cleante, but could have been even more outragerous. Andrew Nelson was as reliable as ever as Valere, the butler. The large cast worked hard and clearly enjoyed this re-worked romp. Edited from Gordon Birch’s article for the Harborough Mail.