Over the coming week, The Company of Players are staging a production of Moliere's The Misantrope, set in the 1980s and featuring a soundtrack of New Romantic hits from the period.
Director Paul Morton puts pace, exuberance and sheer fun to the fore in the company’s production of the play which opened at The Company of Player’s Little Theatre in Hertford on Friday 25th January.
Paul has brought the tale up-to-date and has set his version in the Hall of Mirrors Discothèque in Paris of the 1980s, punctuated by some of the most iconic hit music of the decade.
When asked what attracted him to the play, Paul said "I loved Roger McGough’s use of language to bring the story and characters to life. I grew up with the music and fashion of the 1980s and realised that the New Romantic movement enabled men to dress up and wear makeup in much the way they did when Molière was writing. I also was amazed by how funny the script is and having a comedically talented cast should help us give our audiences a hugely entertaining evening. Some of the costumes need to be seen to be believed!"
The Company of Players were formed in 1961 and perform in the own Little Theatre in Balfour Street. The building was originally a schoolhouse but converted for theatrical peformances over 50 years ago, featuring a foyer, dressing rooms and full technical facilities.
"The Misanthrope" runs at The Little Theatre, Balfour Street, Hertford for 8 nights from Friday 25th January until Saturday 2nd Febuary starting at 8 pm each evening. See CoPs' website www.cops.org.uk for more details and full cast list.
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