Today in Theatre History: MOLIERE’S THE MISANTHROPE, June 4, 1666

Moliére, genuinely contemplating the very real possibility that Keira Knightley might someday actually portray a version of Célimène in a West End production of The Misanthrope.

Moliére, genuinely contemplating the very real possibility that Keira Knightley might someday actually portray a version of Célimène in a West End adaptation of The Misanthrope.

Today in theatre history–June 4, 1666–saw the première of Moliére’s most famous play, The Misanthrope, or the Cantankerous Lover, at the Palais-Royale in Paris.  The work is one of greatest examples of the comedy of manners, sharply satirizing the hypocrisies of French society through fully embroidered characters of depth and richness.  While the play was not much of a success during its own day, it is now recognized as one of Moliére’s best and certainly one of the finest comedies ever written.

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