The Misanthrope

  • by Richard Wilbur (translator), Molière
  • Narrated by Brian Bedford, J. D. Cullum, Sarah Drew, Martin Jarvis, Darren Richardson, Susan Sullivan, Nick Toren
  • 1 hrs and 51 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

This timeless comedy of manners is considered one of Molière’s most probing and mature works. While it’s still an exemplar of 16th-century farce, Molière went beyond his usual comic inventiveness to create a world of rich, complex characters, especially in the cynical title character Alceste, played here by the Tony Award-winning actor Brian Bedford.
Lead funding for this production is provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
This recording also includes an interview with Larry F. Norman author of The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Brian Bedford as Alceste
J. D. Cullum as Clitandre
Sarah Drew as Eliante
Martin Jarvis as Philinte
Darren Richardson as Basque, Du Bois
Susan Sullivan as Arsinoe
Nick Toren as Oronte
Matt Wolf as Acaste, Guard
Bellamy Young as Celimene
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Translated by Richard Wilbur.


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What made the experience of listening to The Misanthrope the most enjoyable?

Great play. Great recording with dynamic use of sound and fine dramatic narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Misanthrope?

Alcest's showdown with his lady.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2014
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works