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More resources for this year’s plays

We’re making some more resources about this year’s plays available. You can now view full texts of Scapin’s Deceits (“Les Fourberies de Scapin”) by Molière in English and French; the full text of A Week in the Country (“Huit Jours à la campagne”) by Jules Renard in French; and a one-page summary of Scapin’s Deceits in English. More resources are coming!

We’ve chosen our plays for April 2018

Frontispiece from a 1682 edition of “Scapin’s Deceits” by Pierre Brissart
Frontispiece from a 1682 edition of “Scapin’s Deceits” by Pierre Brissart

Yes, that’s right: the plays for 2018 are now set following the approval of the Board of Directors on July 27.

Our double feature for April 2018 is Scapin’s Deceits (Les Fourberies de Scapin, 1671) by Molière and Eight Days in the Country (Huit Jours à la campagne, 1912) by Jules Renard, the latter of which we will be presenting for the first time.

“We’ll take you from the picturesque French countryside to the sunny shores of Naples”, explains Troupe des Anciens Artistic Director Paulette Collet.

Photo of Jules Renard
Photo of Jules Renard

Looking forward to seeing you Friday, April 20 or Saturday, April 21, 2018!

Sales Update – Just a few seats Friday, more on Saturday

There are just a few seats remaining for Friday evening’s performance. There are more and good seats available on Saturday. You can view the availability on the seating plan by clicking to embiggen the graphic below.

Seats available on Saturday as of April 13 at 5 PM. Red = taken.

For Friday tickets, please contact our box office by telephone or by email. For Saturday tickets, you can contact the box office directly, or buy your tickets online.

Resumes and Full Texts now available for The Would-be Gentleman

We have now posted resumes and full texts of The Would-be Gentleman on-line. Each is available in PDF format in English and in French. Follow the links below to the file of your choice.

Our 2017 Poster is now available

We have now released the poster for our 2017 production of the “The Would-be Gentleman” (“Le Bourgeois gentilhomme”), created by Troupe member Elizabeth Bucci.

Snapshot of the poster for 2017

The artwork for the poster is taken from “The Lute player”, a drawing made by royal designer Henri Gissey of the costume for that role for the inaugural production of the “Ballet of the Night” (“Ballet Royal de la Nuit”). This was a court ballet first performed on February 23, 1653 and which featured the 14 year-old Louis XIV in the role of Apollo, the Sun King. The music for the ballet was created by royal composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, who also composed the music for “The Would-be Gentleman”. One other link with our 2017 play: Henri Gissey designed the costumes for the original performances of “The Would-be Gentleman” too!

Click here for the full quality PDF version of the poster. We would be grateful for your help in distributing the poster.

Our 2013 Show: “The Imaginary Invalid”

Our 2013 show in French was Molière’s celebrated The Imaginary Invalid (“Le Malade imaginaire”). The Imaginary Invalid is a three-act comedy-ballet in prose that premiered on February 10, 1673 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. It is Molière’s last work as he collapsed during the fourth performance playing the lead role and later died. Original music for the play was by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and choreography by Pierre Beauchamp, with whom Molière had worked previously on such plays as The Would-be Gentleman (“Le Bourgeois gentilhomme”). More information is available at Wikipedia on the play and on Molière.

We gave four school matinée performances on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 & 18, at 10 AM and 1 PM, and two evening performances on Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20, 2013, at 8 PM, all at the George Ignatieff Theatre on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. A printed synopsis in English as well as projected surtitles in English were available at both shows. Tickets could be purchased online, with seats assigned following a consultation with our box office staff. Tickets were also available at the door on the night of the evening performances with payment by cash only.

Practical Information

Date and Time

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8 PM
English surtitles were shown both days

Location

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

Maps
Full texts of the plays
One-page summaries
  • The Imaginary Invalid (“Le Malade imaginaire”) in English
Miscellaneous