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by Molière
in a new version by John Donnelly

Returns 9 April
Running Time: Appox. 2hrs 30 mins (inc.interval)


"Modern Molière that’s wickedly good fun."
The Times

"Probably the funniest play in London."
Hollywood Reporter 

Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful home and family. But lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.

With Orgon under Tartuffe's spell, can his family outwit this charismatic trickster? Are Tartuffe's wild claims truth or fiction? This mysterious stranger may not be quite the villain he appears.

Blanche McIntyre (The Writer) directs John Donnelly’s (The Pass) new version.

Content advisory

Please note: This production contains mild language and some nudity. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.


Talks and events

Exploring Tartuffe at the National Theatre Thu 25 April, 10.30am
Denis O'Hare on Playing Tartuffe Fri 26 April, 4pm
Playwriting at the NT with John Donnelly Sat 27 April, 10.30am

4 star rating

Many delicious wicked moments…You really can’t get enough of him

The Times
4 star rating

A smart, witty new version. Superbly played across the board.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

A must-see – above all, for Denis O’Hare’s Tartuffe, who is comic and dangerous – an unforgettable mix.

4 star rating

John Donnelly’s updated version of Molière’s 1664 comedy brings both politics and farce to Blanche McIntyre’s sparky production.

Mail on Sunday
4 star rating

A sustained comic turn by O’Hare

Sunday Times
4 star rating

A night of wit and riotous comedy

Daily Express
4 star rating

A lively new version that provokes and entertains


Probably the funniest play in London

Hollywood Reporter

Blanche McIntyre and John Donnelly on Tartuffe

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Ensemble / Understudy Mariane
Adeyinka Akinrinade
Kitty Archer
Ensemble / Understudy Damis
Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea
Ensemble / Understudy Loyal/Officer
Fayez Bakhsh
Hari Dhillon
Kevin Doyle
Susan Engel
Officer / Understudy Orgon
Henry Everett
Ensemble / Understudy Valere
Will Kelly
Geoffrey Lumb
Ensemble / Understudy Pernelle
Penelope McGhie
Ensemble / Understudy Tartuffe
Kevin Murphy
Denis O'Hare
Ensemble / Understudy Elmire/Dorine
Roisin Rae
Ensemble / Understudy Cleante
Dominik Tiefenthaler

Production team

Photography by Pal Hansen

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