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Final casting announced for Misanthtrope at Camden People's Theatre

The cast of Misanthtrope

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for Misanthtrope, a new production of Molière’s 17th century masterpiece Le Misanthrope, which runs at Camden People’s Theatre from Tuesday, June 19 to Saturday, July 7, 2018.

With the story transposed to a 21st century TV newsroom, Misanthtrope will be performed in English and French on different days and will not only star but also be directed by Off West End Awards Best Director nominee David Furlong.

Furlong (as Alceste) is joined by Fanny Dulin (Arsinoe/Eliante), Anoushka Rava (Célimene), James Buttling (Clitandre), Simeon Oakes (Philinte), Leo Elso (Oronte) and Samuel Arnold (Acaste).

In an age when ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ make headlines in newspapers and on TV news, Exchange Theatre reimagines Moliere’s satire on the 17th century French court and relocates it in a 21st century TV newsroom.

Costumed in modern dress and surrounded with high tech equipment this production makes relevant this enduring classic as it serves to explore the idea of gossip, innuendo and ultimately fake news.

Alceste who despises the attitudes of his time, preferring to avoid flattery or deceit, and telling the truth no matter what the consequences, searching for genuineness against hypocrisy, special interests and treachery, is a handsome news anchor in love with Célimene, a bright but slightly vain socialite and hard-living gossip columnist.

David Furlong is the founder and artistic director of Exchange Theatre. He trained in France at the National Theatre of Chaillot. Prior to his training, he was part of a rep company for which he performed many French classics: Moliere, Hugo, Marivaux… In Paris, he worked with many famous directors including Hans Peter Cloos, Deborah Warner and Michel Lopez. His theatre credits in France include Monserrat in Monserrat, the Father in Tatoo and Camille in A Flea in His Ear.

His London credits include Love’s Labours Lost, The Rover, Red Oleander, The Rover, Huis Clos and Don Juan. For Exchange Theatre, he was Lucien in Feydeau’s Madame’s Late Mother, Orestes in JP Sartre’s The Flies, Philippe in A Family Affair and Creon in Antigone.

Along with his writing work (he wrote 12 shows for a children’s season at the French Institute), he has directed many plays for the company: The Exchange by Paul Claudel, Bal Trap by Xavier Durringer, Business, which he also wrote, and recently Break of Noon at the Finborough Theatre. In 2016, he directed The Doctor In Spite of Himself and was nominated for Best Director at the Offies.

His latest theatre credits include playing the title role in Macbeth at the Cockpit and Sganarelle in Don Juan for Theatre Lab at Hoxton Hall

English dates: June 19 to 21, June 29 and 30, July 3 to 5.

French dates: June 22 and 23, June 26 to 28, July 6 and 7.

Tickets: £16, £14 concessions. For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7419 4841 or visit www.exchangetheatre.com/the-misanthrope/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm.