In seventeenth century France the gentlemen of the aristocracy were respected not only for their political power, their wealth and education, but also for the lush and opulent extravagance of their attire, which was seen as the fashion of the day. So when Monsieur Jordain, an ordinary tradesman, thinks that he can becomes one of these fine noble gentlemen simply by taking a few lessons in dance and philosophy, and by employing a tailor to make him look like one, much humour and farce results. His behaviour becomes ever more silly and he has no idea that he is turning into a pretentious fool. He is mocked by his wife and servants and taken advantage of by friends who take his money in return for encouraging his folly. This is a hilarious story, and a glorious satire on class and pretension, as relevant to today as it was in Paris in 1670, when it was first performed for the king of France.
A new production (in French) of this delightful classic