Tartuffe National Tour - 2017 in South Africa will be a Molière year

In 2017, get ready for an amazing theatre experience!

In association with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française in South Africa, and with the support of Total South Africa, BNP Paribas, RCS (a BNP Paribas group company) and Mazars, the acclaimed and multi awarded theatre director Sylvaine Strike and the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company will tour South Africa with the chef d’oeuvre:


in a translation by Richard Wilbur


Molière in South Africa

2017 in South Africa will be a Molière year with the national tour of Tartuffe!

Exploring the way in which people are easily manipulated by symbols of power and honeyed words, Tartuffe is one of the French Shakespeare’s most famous work.

In 2012, the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company shook and enchanted the South African theatre scene with their rendition of Molière’s The Miser. Critically acclaimed and sold out for 70 shows, this production went on to win four Naledi Awards, including Best Production and Best Director.
In 2017, Sylvaine Strike and the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company are taking Molière to the next level with a national tour scheduled in:
- Soweto
- Durban
- Cape Town
- Johannesburg
- Grahamstown

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Promoting the work of Molière is even more relevant today as it remains utterly universal through the ongoing power of his word. The French Institute in South Africa and the Alliance Française are proud to showcase the genius of one of France’s most accomplished and universal artist, whose masterpiece Tartuffe will be played by a brilliant South African cast, within a context never seen before and promises a lot of surprises…

The Tartuffe tour will be accompanied by a number of wonderful side events such as screenings of the legendary film “Molière” by Ariane Mnouchkine. This epic movie released in 1978 and recently restored tells the incredible life of Molière, endlessly touring France in the 17th century to perform his masterpieces in a whirlwind of creativity, passion, love and political pressure.

There will also be a series of conferences by a French academic specialized in theatre, who will be sharing insights on the historical context of Molière’s work and the evolution of theatre from those times.

South African documentarists Joëlle Chesselet and Lloyd Ross will be shooting a documentary on the theatre production, from the very early audition phase through to the première and the tour. The documentary will focus on how creativity emerges from a group of actors and their life on tour.

Come take a peek behind the curtain and see how the theatre magic is made!


Molière redefined French Theatre in the 17th century, becoming one of the greatest architects of social satire and his impact can still be felt today. Working under the patronage and protection of the “Roi Soleil” (Sun King) Louis XIV, he penned approximately thirty comedies in which he satirised the shortcomings of the French society of his era. He was extremely successful (to the extent that French is now called “ the language of Molière ”) but had to suffer censorship and arrest due to his accurate derisions and stinging truth.


Fortune Cookie Theatre Company
French Institute in South Africa
Alliances Françaises newtork in South Africa
Soweto Theatre
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For more information, download the press release here.


publie le 18/04/2017

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