Molière Part Two: The Imaginary Cuckold
Jealous husbands, clever wives, and double-dealings: they’ve been a staple of comedies from the Greeks to the present day. And of all the comic playwrights in history, few have been as influential and controversial as Moliere. Two of his greatest works, Tartuffe and The School for Wives, were the subjects of considerable scandal in their time. Prior to those plays, Moliere cut his teeth on a series of shorter comedies about the frailties of the human condition, including The School for Husbands and our story this week: The Imaginary Cuckold. Brian Bedford stars in this quick-witted farce about marital insecurity and infidelity in the French countryside. Includes interviews with star Brian Bedford and translator Richard Wilbur. The Imaginary Cuckold by Moliere. Translated by Richard Wilbur. Starring Brian Bedford as Sganarelle, with Dakin Matthews, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson, Carolyn Seymour, Alan Shearman, and Joane Whalley. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Original music by Laura Karpman for Art Farm West.