‘Highly enjoyable’ show at the Barn

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Northumberland Theatre Company is set to amuse and delight audiences with its adaptation of Moliere’s hilarious and outrageous classic ‘Tartuffe’ which will go on an extensive national tour around the UK, visiting Banchory on its way.

Although the original was written over 350 years ago, this adaptation by playwright Stewart Howson, which will be performed in a style with its roots in Commedia del’Arte, proves that Moliere’s drama of concealed identities and thwarted lovers is just as funny and relevant in the modern-day.

The tour will see a talented cast of six take this highly enjoyable show to around 40 rural venues across England and Scotland, with actor Louis Roberts taking on the lead role of Tartuffe.

Louis, who has performed in a number of NTC productions and is a graduate of the Company’s InterACT training scheme, said: “This play caused a great deal of controversy back in its day and I’ve really enjoyed taking on the role of the manipulative and shameless Tartuffe – I can’t wait for audiences to meet him!”

Playwright Howson, who has a long standing relationship with NTC having written a number of works for the company, said: “Moliere was an actor-writer who had an awful lot to say about the society in which he lived - too much to say in some cases, as ‘Tartuffe’ was banned twice.

“He had his own company of actors whom he wrote and produced shows for and, like NTC, they had a very definite regional identity and house style – they were unique and vibrant, not tied into conventions and were always pushing their luck – I’ve tried to capture that feel in my version of the text and hopefully I’ve succeeded.”

Tartuffe will be at Woodend Barn in Banchory tonight (Thursday). Contact the Barn for ticket details. Visit www.northumberlandtheatre.co.uk for further details.