Wispering Lady
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1 - 5 November 2011

English Touring Theatre Presents


by Molière

Tartuffe is a beacon of piety and has his feet firmly under the table in the home of wealthy merchant Orgon. But all is not as it seems - as Orgon becomes enraptured with Tartuffe,the whole city is chattering. Is he friend, fraud, miracle or hypocrite? The family smells a rat and amid the frills and frivolity of seventeenth century society, they hatch a cunning plan to outwit the wily deceiver before he brings their house crashing down…

Originally presented to massive acclaim in Liverpool, this fresh and vibrant translation of the classic comedy by Molière (The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, The Miser) reunites ETT with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse following their hilarious joint production of Roger McGough’s version of Molière’s The Hypochondriac.

Tartuffe returned to the Liverpool Playhouse on 14 September, achieving fantastic reviews.

Weekday evenings and matinees: £20, £17.50, £11.50
Concessions: £4 off
Senior Citizens: half price on matinees

Sat eve:
£22.50, £19.50, £15, £12
Concessions: £2 off (excludes Premium)

Premium seats:
£30 (Sat eve only)
Enjoy the best seats in the house, a complimentary programme and a drink in our Premium guest area

November 2011



Tue 01 7.45pm
Wed 02 7.45pm
Thu 03 2.30pm / 7.45pm
Fri 04 7.45pm
Sat 05 2.30pm / 7.45pm

Roger McGough

Radio 4 regular [presenter of Poetry Please], Britain’s favourite poet, Roger first appeared on stage at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1963 as a monk in John Osborne's Luther directed by Bernard HeptonHis first play The Commission directed by Peter James, was performed at the Everyman theatre in 1967.  Born in Litherland, he attended St Mary's College, Crosby before going to Hull University where he began writing poetry, while attempting his first translations of Molière. 

After four years of teaching he joined up with John Gorman and Michael McCartney to form The Scaffold. The author of more than fifty books he is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and an Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University, and has D.Litts from the universities of Liverpool, Hull and Roehampton.  In 2001 he was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, along with Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE for services to literature.  In 2009, roger adapted Moliere’s The Hypochondriac which played to critical and public acclaim throughout the UK


Gemma Bodinetz

Gemma Bodinetz took up her post as Artistic Director for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in September 2003. Since then she has directed The Kindness of Strangers, The Mayor of Zalamea and Intemperance at the Everyman; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lady of Leisure and All My Sons at the Playhouse, and Yellowman on tour.

Gemma has previously worked at The Royal Court Theatre, London, leaving briefly to assist Harold Pinter on The Caretaker before returning to co-direct Hush with Max Stafford-Clark.  She then moved on to become freelance director and Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre.

Gemma’s directing credits include: Caravan and A Buyers Market (The Bush Theatre); Yard Gal (Royal Court , London and MCC New York), Breath Boom (The Royal Court, London); Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic); Luminosity (RSC); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  and Four Knights in Knaresborough (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Paper Husband, Chimps, English Journeys, Snake and After the Gods (Hampstead Theatre); Shopping and Fucking (New York Theatre Workshop); Closer to Heaven (West End) and Guiding Star (Liverpool Everyman and National Theatre).

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Joseph Alessi - Orgon

Theatre credits include:  Absurd Person Singular (The Curve, Leicester); Brief Encounter (UK & USA Tour); Assassins (Union Theatre); Dick Whittington (Salisbury Playhouse); Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse; Birmingham Rep); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse; Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre); Antony & Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company); Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company); Jerusalem (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Postman Always Rings Twice (Playhouse Theatre, London; West Yorkshire Playhouse); Io Passion (Aldeburgh Opera; Almeida Opera); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); That Play What I Wrote (National Tour); Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse); The Accrington Pals (Minerva Theatre); The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre); Polygraph (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Exchange); Light (Theatre De Complicite); Animal Crackers (Exchange; Barbican; Lyric); The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre).

Television credits include: Revelations, Holby City, In a Land Of Plenty, Wing and a Prayer, Spywatch, 99-1, Kavanagh QC, Pie in the Sky, BBC, All in the Game, The Chief, Minder.

Films include: The Other Woman, Family Business, Bridget Jones' Diary, London Kills me, The Institute Benjamenta, Chaplin.

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Eithne Browne - Madame Pernelle

Theatre credits include: Brick Up The Tunnels (Liverpool Royal Court Theatre); Quicksand (The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster), Risa And Fall Of Little Voice (The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse); A Fistful Of Collars (Royal Court Liverpool); Funny Money (Royal Court Liverpool); Wirral Strikes Back (Liverpool Empire); Brick Up The Mersey Tunnel (Royal Court, Liverpool); Dirty Dusting (Royal Court, Liverpool); Merry Ding Dong (Royal Court Liverpool); Eight Miles High (Royal Court, Liverpool); Lost Soul (Royal Court, Liverpool); Night Collar (Royal Court, Liverpool); Cinderella (Royal Court, Liverpool); Home Fires (The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Two (Royal Court, Liverpool); Talking Heads (Arts Academy); A Sense Of Justice (Perth Repertory Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Stoke New Vic Theatre); Cinderella (New Brighton Floral Pavilion); Intent To Murder (Vienna's English Theatre); Say Who You Are (Vienna English Theatre); Dick Whittington (Neptune Theatre); River Of Dreams (Liverpool Unity Theatre); Limestone Cowboy (Coventry Belgrade Theatre).

Television credits include: Room At The Top, Waterloo Road, Power Of Poetry, Lilies, Mobile, Doctors, The Royal, Emmerdale, Having It Off, Stretford Wives, Clocking Off, Cold Feet, So What, Peace Keepers.

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Simon Coates - Cleante

Theatre credits include: Plenty (Sheffield Crucible); The Prince of Homburg (The Donmar Warehouse); Arthur and George (Birmingham Rep); The Hypochondriac (Liverpool Playhouse & National Tour); The Real Thing (The Gate Theatre Dublin); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep & Chichester Festival Theatre); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse & Rose Theatre, Kingston); Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre); The Constant Wife (The Gate Theatre, Dublin & Charleston, USA);  Translations (Royal National Theatre); Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic & Birmingham Rep); Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company); Hand in Hand (Hampstead Theatre); Loveplay (Royal Shakespeare Company); Luminosity (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Taming Of The Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Miser (Chichester Festival Theatre); As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl & Albery Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor & New York Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal National Theatre); Arcadia (Royal National Theatre); Macbeth (Royal National Theatre); Murmuring Judges (Royal National Theatre); Pygmalion (Royal National Theatre); Arturo Ui (Royal National Theatre); Black Snow (Royal National Theatre).

Television credits include: Doctors, Holby City, Eastenders, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Bill, Dream Team, A Touch Of Frost.

Films include: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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Annabelle Dowler - Dorene

Theatre credits include: No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); The Miniaturists (Liverpool Everyman); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse; Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Flint Street Nativity (Liverpool Playhouse); House (Jumped Up Theatre); The Back Pages (Liverpool Everyman); And Then They Came (House of Commons); The Snow Queen (Creation Theatre Company); As You Like It (Creation Theatre Company); The Mayor Of Zalamea (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse); Charlie Lavender (Southwark Playhouse); The Knack (National Theatre Platform); Perpetua (Birmingham Rep); Peter Pan (Royal National Theatre); Juno & The Paycock (National Theatre Platform).

 Television credits include: Silent Witness, Eastenders, Lewis - The Quality of Mercy, The Bill, The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, United, The 11 O'Clock Show.

 Films include: Foster

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Ilan Goodman - Damis

Theatre credits include: Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court); Danton's Death (National Theatre); Six Degrees Of Separation (Old Vic); Miss Nightingale (The Lowry Theatre; Kings Head); Dorian Gray (Leicester Square Theatre); Austentatious (Landor Theatre); All Quiet On The Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse & Tour); Breaking The Silence (Nottingham Playhouse); The Script Factor (Soho Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Ipswich New Wolsey); Little Wolf's Book Of Badness (Hampstead Theatre); Six Days (Camden People's Theatre); 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic).

Television credits include: Lost Cosmonauts, Broadside.

Films include: The Echelon Conspiracy

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Rebecca Lacey - Elmire

Theatre credits include: Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse; Rose Theatre, Kingston); Amy’s View (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre & Tour); It's Not The End Of The World (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Love For Love (Chichester Festival Theatre); Dead Funny; Eva Peron (Richmond Orange Tree Theatre); The Provok'd Wife (PW Producution).

Television credits include: The Bill, Hustle, Heartbeat, MIT, Murder In Suburbia, Monarch of the Glen, Murder in Mind, Badger, Casualty, A Touch Of Frost, Heavy Weather, The Smiths, Crown Prosecutor, Ruth Rendell Mysteries - Vanity Dies Hard, Game On, The Darling Buds of May, May To December, Perfect Scoundrels, Home To Roost, Hannay, Rockliffe's Babies, The Bretts - 2 Series, Lovejoy, Chance in a Million, Fresh Fields, Shine On Harvey Moon, Dramarama, Vice Versa.

Films include: Arthur's Dyke, The Romanovs, Carry On Columbus.

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Emily Pithon - Mariane

Theatre credits include: My Family And Other Animals and Two Planks And A Passion (York Theatre Royal); Tis Pity She's a Whore and Unquiet (Liverpool Everyman); Taking Steps (Orange Tree Theatre); Blithe Spirit (Oldham Coliseum); Noises Off, Suddenly Last  Summer, The Birthday Party, A Chorus of Disapproval, the Crucible and Blithe Spirit (Theatr Clwyd Cymru); Tartuffe and All My Sons (Liverpool Playhouse); The Merchant of Venice (Bolton Octagon); People At Sea and Lady Windermere's Fan (Salisbury Playhouse); The Beggar's Opera, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Wizard of Oz (Bristol Old Vic); Blood Red Saffron Yellow  (Drum Theatre Plymouth); Pericles (Ludlow Festival); The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC) and Herakles (The Gate).

Television credits include: Doctors, Holby City, Love Soup and Casualty. (BBC)

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Alan Stocks - Loyal/Officer

Theatre credits include: Twelfth Night (Lyric)

Television credits include: Robin Hood, Ghostboat, Doctors, Holby City, Rome, Blue Blood, Wire In The Blood, The Plan Man, Casualty, Entering the Blue Zone, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Merseybeat, Murder In Mind, Eastenders, North Square, City Central, Dockers, Jason and The Argonauts, This Life, Grushko.

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Hiran Abeysekera - Valere

Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Theatre whilst training includes: All About My Mother, Pornography, The Young Idea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A School For Scandal.

Theatre in Sri Lanka includes: Romeo and Juliet (British Council), Equus (British Council), Blood Wedding (The Playhouse Kotte)

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Colin Tierney - Tartuffe

Theatre credits include: Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal, Bath & Tour); One Minute (Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton); The Hour We Know Nothing of Each Other (National Studio); Our Country's Good (Liverpool Playhouse); Ladies of Leisure (Liverpool Playhouse); Paul (National Theatre); How Love is Spelt (Bush Theatre); Cold Meat Party (Royal National Exchange); The Seagull (Royal Exchange Theatre); Exiles (Young Vic Theatre); Duchess of Malfi (Royal Shakespeare Company); Death of Cool (Hampstead Theatre); Guilding Star (Liverpool Everyman & Royal National Theatre); Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); Othello (National Theatre & World Tour); Ivanov (Almeida Theatre); The Machine Wreckers (National Theatre); Henry VI (RSC Tour); The Life Of Galileo (Almeida Theatre); Look Back In Anger (Plymouth); No Remission (Tour); Sienna Red (Peter Hall Company).

Television credits include: D.C.I. Banks, Garrow's Law, New Tricks, Casualty, Waterloo Road, The Bill, Inspector Lynley, Silent Witness, The Walk, Island at War, Serious & Organised, Foyle's War, Mersey Beat, The Vice, Tough Love, Midsomer Murders, Soldier Soldier, Between the Lines, Mad and Sandy, Cracker, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman, Mccallum.

Films include: Nowhere Boy, The Ombudsman, For Zeta, Splintered, Bye Bye Baby.

"Anarchic, irreverent and hysterically funny"

The Observer

"Comedy, frivolous and fantastic"


"Vigorously egged up, full of witty rhymes and jokes"

The Sunday Times


"Tartuffe is just as good as ever"

Liverpool Daily Post


"Tartuffe is a cracking piece of theatre"

Liverpool Confidential


"A box of delights"

Liverpool Echo


"Elegantly executed and enormously entertaining"

The Times


Free post-show Q&A
Wed 2 Nov

Film at the Palace
Molière, Wed 12 Oct, 2.30pm

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