The Miser Rehearsals

Missing Lords, buried treasure and men in heels, is it Panto Season already? No, it's David Johnston's adaptation of Molière's classic play The Miser

The cast and crew of The Miser got together for rehearsals and for the first time the moment was captured on video.

The French playwright Molière was a comedy genius, he was a satirist and an entertainer; The Miser is adapted by David Johnston and directed by Dan Gordon. Although written in and set in the 17th century, The Miser resonates loudly with audiences today, and tells the story of a wealthy but stingy man, Harpingon.

Director Gordon commented: 'Directing this play will be fantastic fun. Having a great ensemble company is half the battle but the fact that Molière was such a showman is the other. In his time he incorporated action, illusion, stand-up, comedy, song and, of course, the audience. That was where he was coming from and that’s where I’ll be trying to go.'

Set in the 17th century, The Miser tells the story of Harpingon, who, when he decides to marry off his children against their will, sets the entire family scheming to steal his fortune. With forbidden romance in the air and the family treasure buried in the backyard, it's a race to see who will come out on top. Can Harpingon stay a stride ahead and hang on to his beloved hoard—getting himself a hot young bride to boot? Or will his kids succeed in foiling his selfish plans?

Gilly Campbell, Drama Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: 'As the Lyric’s principal funder, it is a pleasure to see such a dynamic performance marking the final production in Elmwood Hall. Over the last 40 years, the Lyric has brought local audiences some of the most stimulating and groundbreaking theatre ever seen in Ireland and The Miser is no exception. In its temporary home, the Lyric has continued to captivate audiences and we wish them every success in the run up to the much anticipated opening of the new building in 2011.'

Audiences beware as you may see men in high heels and handsome young men wrestling!

Produced by the Lyric Theatre, The Miser runs from Friday 30 April to Saturday 29 May. To book, phone the Lyric Box Office on 028 9038 5673, or book online.