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Friday 1 August 2014

Why my money's on this new farce

Elmwood Hall, Belfast, Friday, April 30 until May 29, 7.30pm

The Lyric's new adaptation of Moliere’s comedy of manners comes from the same writer and director responsible for the theatre's 2007 hit, The Hypochondriac.

Dan Gordon directs David Johnston's new version which, while still set in the 17th century, offers much for modern-day audiences to recognise. “Moliere was a true showman,” says Dan.

The good news for those who like a giggle is that Scottish actor Andy Gray, who played the lead in that farce, is back to take on the title role in The Miser. He plays widower Harpingon, who decides to marry off his children against their will. They respond by plotting to steal his fortune.

Gray, best known for his role in television comedy series Rab C Nesbitt, heads a terrific cast in this period costume drama. Paul Boyd, Richard Clements, Michael Condron, Sarah Lyle, Julie Maxwell, Richard Orr and Katie Tumelty also don their leather and lace for a farce filled with buried treasure, forbidden romance, moneylenders, and missing Lords in a spiral of outrageous, comic confusion.

Can Harpingon stay a stride ahead and hang onto his beloved hoard, getting himself a hot young bride to boot? It's one of the funniest love stories ever told...between a man and his money. For details tel: 028 9038 5673 or visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk .

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