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The Misanthrope is set in the celebrity world of the arts and media. The play revolves around Alceste who hates hypocrisy and whose determination to tell the truth becomes as destructive as his friends' instinct to avoid it.
Barbara Maxwell - 8 October 2010
What an enjoyable evening! From the first notes of the overture to the final black out Moliere's The Misanthrope is a joy to watch. The Old Vic Theatre is a beautiful setting for any production, and being such an intimate venue seems to incorporate the audience from the very start.
The dictionary describes a misanthrope as a hater of humankind, and in his performance as Alceste, Simon Armstrong portrays this magnificently. He displays the selfishness and sheer egoism that the part requires and his character can never be overlooked on the stage. He is ably matched and supported by Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Célimene who portrays a wide range of emotions, and keeps everyone guessing until the end.
In fact all the cast seem to have got into the skins of their characters and are utterly believable. From the pomposity of Oronte played by Byron Mondahl and the quiet sensitivity of Eliante by Daisy Douglas; to the inebriated Clitandre and Acaste ably played by [Pie...
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Simon Armstrong (Alceste)
Philip Buck (Philinte)
Byron Mondahl (Oronte)
Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Celimene)
Daisy Douglas (Eliante)
Piers Wehner (Clitandre)
Matt Barber (Acaste)
John McGrellis (Official/Dubois)
Lucy Black (Arsinoe)