Molière Part One: The School for Husbands
The great French playwright Moliere wrote often about jealousy and its disastrous effect on our relationships. Of his so-called jealousy plays, few were as widely-performed in Moliere’s lifetime as The School for Husbands. Brian Bedford stars as Sganarelle, the pompous, controlling guardian of his young ward, Isabelle. Sganarelle has raised Isabelle to be his perfect and obedient wife. But when Isabelle falls for the dashing young Valere, she must find a way to turn Sganarelle into an unwitting foil for her true love. Translated by Richard Wilbur. Starring Brian Bedford as Sganarelle, with Emily Bergl, Dakin Matthews, Juliet Mills, Christopher Neame, Lloyd Owen, Alan Shearman, Rhashan Stone, and Olivia Williams. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Original music by Laura Karpman for Art Farm West.