The Impromptu of Versailles

MOLIÈRE (1622 - 1673), translated by Henri van LAUN (1820 - 1896)

The setup here is that Moliere and his troupe have been sent for by the King to come perform at Versailles. But instead of the piece they had prepared, the King has just asked for an entirely new piece - to be ready later that same day! So all the action of the play takes place backstage as Moliere has to come up with a story and the troupe has to select and prepare roles in a mad panic. Many of the comments in the banter between actors concern personages from Moliere's time - we don't necessarily know them but the biting of the satire still comes clearly through. - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:
Moliere, a ridiculous Marquis: Thomas A. Copeland
Brecourt, a man of Quality: Tomas Peter
La Grange, a ridiculous Marquis: Nemo
Du Croisy, a poet: alanmapstone
La Thorilliere, a fidgetty Marquis: Chuck Williamson
Bejart and the Busybodies: ToddHW
Mademoiselle Duparc, a ceremonious Marchioness: Sonia
Mademoiselle Bejart, a prude: Beth Thomas
Mademoiselle Debrie, a sage coquette: Eva Davis
Mademoiselle Moliere, a satirical wit: Sandra Schmit
Mademoiselle Du Croisy, a whining plague: Availle
Mademoiselle Herve, a conceited chambermaid: Leanne Yau
Stage Directions: Zames Curran
Edited by: ToddHW


Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Plays, Satire

Language: English

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Play 01 Impromptu of Versailles Group 00:51:29