BA 3rd year student productions The Illusion and Tartuffe

Posted on 4 March 2014

Third year theatre students from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television will this week stage two of the liveliest and most accessible comic masterpieces from seventeenth-century France, in vivid and brilliant modern translations in the state-of-the-art scenic stage theatre.

On Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7.30 p.m. the play will be Corneille's The Illusion, in a radical and exciting adaptation by Tony Kushner, most famous for his celebrated play Angels in America.   The Illusion is a tale of a magician and the web she weaves around a despairing father who seeks her aid in finding a son he banished many years before.   As visions of the son's life are summoned, the mysteries deepen, and a host of surprises and twists lie ahead for both the father and the audience.   Seduction, murder, and brilliant wit form part of the play's menu.   (For further information about the show, including how to book online, see
On Friday evening at 7.30 p.m., and Saturday afternoon at 2.30 p.m., the play will be Moliere's Tartuffe, in a nimble-footed and sparkling translation by Ranjit Bolt.   Moliere's great play tracks the comic disarray as the head of a rich Paris household, Orgon, is converted to religious fundamentalism and seeks to impose his preferences on his family.    Their resistance, and his increasingly extreme actions, ratchet up the action to a potentially disastrous conclusion for Organ and all  those who are associated with him.   (For further information, including how to book online, see
Tickets can also be purchased at the door and, at lunchtimes, from the box office in the foyer of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television on Heslington East.