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National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: David Doiashvili

Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.

In the home of the Orgon family, a deeply religious man, Tartuffe, is acquiring ever more influence. Indeed, gradually the circumstances are shifting and Tartuffe may come to lay his hands on Orgon’s fortune and even win his daughter’s hand in marriage. Soon, however, everyone begins to see through his shams, except for Orgon himself. The family comes up with a plan to reveal the imposter for what he is. The play is a simple comedy and yet a work of great brilliance. The explanation for this lies, of course, in the genius of its author, one of the defining figures of world theater, Molière.

In the original title of the play, Molière felt it important to include, next to the villain’s name, the epithet of sorts, “The Imposter.” Tartuffe is the emblematic hypocrite or, one could say, the false saint, the double-dealer, the dissembler, the Pharisee. Or, as clear testimony to the great popularity of the play over the course of several centuries, one could simple call him a “Tartuffe.” Molière’s character has become synonymous with the vice he embodies, the vice which Molière puts on stage and puts on the pillory with such overwhelming dramatic force that, even though the play was ready for performance in 1664, permission to perform it was only granted in 1669. But as is always the case, the prohibition only called attention to the work, and people poured into the theater to see the opening on 5 February.

As one might guess on the basis of the two productions by George director David Doiasvili which have been performed in our theater, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac, this production does not content itself merely with social commentary or remark, but rather addresses playing and feigning as archetype, as something which is part of every era and which, to some degree or another, is characteristic of all of us.

Orgon, husband of Elmire

Lajos Ottó Horváth

Elmire, wife of Orgon

Eszter Ács

Damis, son of Orgon

László Szabó Sebestyén

Mariane, daughter of Orgon, in love with Valere

Ágnes Barta

Valere, in love with Mariane

Tibor Fehér

Cléante, brother-in-law of Orgon

József Szarvas

Tartuffe, a hypocrite

Zsolt Trill

Dorine, Mariane's maid

Nelli Szűcs

Stage designer

David Doiashvili

Costume designer

Róza Bánki


András Kozma

Assistant director

Rita Herpai


David Doiashvili

Main Stage
13 April 2019, 19:00
David Doiashvili

David Doiashvili

Born in 1971 in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, David Doiashvili graduated as a theatre director from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University. He was appointed principal director of the Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre in 1998 and managing director and artistic director of Vaso Abashidze Music and Drama State Theatre in 2007. He has worked for major European theatres, such as the Royal National Theatre in London, the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka and the National Theatre Bucharest. He is two-time recipient of the Duruji Award, the most noted prize for work in the theatre in Georgia, and his stage production of Macbeth, which was performed as part of MITEM in 2014, was chosen as the Best Play at a prestigious international festival in Bogota, Columbia. Currently, two of Doiashvili’s productions are part of the repertoire of the National Theatre in Budapest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac
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