2019 Show – The Miser

Our 2019 show in French is Molière’s The Miser (L’Avare).

Frontispiece by Pierre Brissart
Frontispiece by Pierre Brissart from the 1682 edition of “The Miser”

The Miser is a five-act comedy in prose that was first performed on September 9, 1668 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. It is loosely based on the Latin comedy Aulularia (“The Little Pot” or “The Pot of Gold”) by Plautus, and revolves around the miserly widower Harpagon, the plans for his marriage and those of his daughter and his son, and his all-consuming desire to keep his wealth safe.

Harpagon and La Flèche
Harpagon and La Flèche from a c. 1810 Berlin staging of “The Miser”

For more on the plays, see the Wikipedia articles on The Miser and Molière. One-page summaries and full texts of both plays in English and French will be available below ahead of the performances, and you can follow us on social media to be kept abreast of other developments.

We are giving two performances, on Friday and Saturday, April 12 & 13, 2019, at 8 PM at the George Ignatieff Theatre on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. Printed copies of the one-page summaries in English of both plays (will also be available on-line below ahead of the performances) as well as projected surtitles in English will be available at both shows.

Practical Information

Date and Time

Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 PM
English surtitles will be shown and printed one-page summaries (copies will also be available on-line ahead of the performances) in English will be available both days


George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
Subway: St. George; Bedford Road exit, then 400 m (1,300 ft) on foot

Full texts and summaries
  • Full text of The Miser in English in French
  • One-page summary of The Miser in English in French