Critically acclaimed French theatre company Exchange Theatre are to stage a new adaptation of Moliere’s rarely-performed French farce The Doctor In Spite of Himself, in both English and French as part of the Bastille Festival 2016, which returns to the Drayton Arms Theatre this summer.
Directing and starring as Sganarelle is co-founder and artistic director of Exchange Theatre David Furlong (The Changeling, Young Vic), alongside other co-founder and executive director Fanny Dulin (A Family Affair, The Drayton Arms; Sweeney Todd, Parkes/MacDonald Productions) as Jacqueline. They are joined by Jacqueline Berces (Zorro, Le Théâtre des Variétés) as Martine, Yanouchka Wenger Sabbatini (Don Juan Last Night, théâtre l’Alchimic) as Mme Geronte, Matt Mella (In The Dead of Night, Landor Theatre) as Lucas, Leo Elso (Dusty, Charing Cross Theatre) as Valere/Leandre and introducing Anita Adam Gabay in her first production after training at LAMDA as Lucinde.
In this classic Moliere affair, nothing is quite what it seems. Sganarelle is a drunk and beats his wife, who in return spreads the word that he is actually a brilliant doctor who can only work when he is beaten. Cue a stream of patients and beatings – and in spite of himself, it seems Sganarelle can perform miracles after all!