Moliere - The Miser
BBC Radio 4: Globe Theatre
"The Miser" was the fifth in a series of six internationally renowned
stage plays which, through simultaneous transmission by Radio 4 and
BBC World Service, could be shared by the largest English-speaking
audience in the world.
Broadcast: Sunday 28th September 1986 @ 2:30 p.m.
The setting is 1868 Paris. In a dilapidated old mansion, the story of
Harpagon - a crotchety old miser - and his family unfolds. Harpagon's
daughter, Elise, is in love with Valere, a young man of noble
parentage separated from his family and working as a servant in her
father's house. Harpagon's son, Cleante, has given his heart to
Mariane, a poor but virtuous girl from the country.
Cleante and Mariane decide to tell Harpagon of their engagement, but
as they are on the verge of their disclosures, Harpagon reveals he
has a couple of his own announcements. First, Harpagon has decided to
remarry. His betrothed is a girl from the country named Mariane.
Second, Harpagon has accepted a suitor for Elise's hand - a wealthy
but elderly gentleman named Anselm. The children are flabbergasted by
Harpagon's revelations and confusion reigns until fate intervenes to
reunite family and lovers.
Translated by Miles Malleson from Moliere's "L'Avare", first performed in 1868.
With Michael Hordern [Monsieur Harpagon], Eleanor Bron [Frosine], T.
P. McKenna [Seigneur Anselm], Nicholas Farrell [Valere], Julia Swift
[Elise], Christopher Goodwin [Jacques], Peter Woodthorpe [The
Justice], Jonathan Tafler [Cleante], Shaun Prendergast [La Fleche],
Ronald Herdman [Monsieur Simon], and Elaine Claxton [Mariane].
Directed by Peter Kavanagh
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