The Hypochondriac

Date/Time: 08 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017

By Moliere
In a new version by Richard Bean
With songs by Richard ThomasDirected by Constantine Costi

'You like two things. Being ill, and letting everybody know you’re ill.'

The Hypochondriac – also known as The Imaginary Invalid – is a dark comedic story of a severe hypochondriac, Argan, who is trying to marry off his daughter, Angélique, to a doctor against her will, just so he can have a doctor in the family.

Written by French playwright Molière in 1673, The Hypochondriac is a comedy-ballet with dance sequences and musical interludes.

Director Constantine Costi, together with his brother Michael Costi as the show’s dramaturg, plans to uphold this genre and is looking to make the old feel fresh and new again.

It's going to be a fun, raucous night of farce with a colourful set and gorgeous chic costumes. There will be songs, music and choreography – an entertaining spectacle with a dark edge!

Ironically, Molière played the role of the hypochondriac himself, collapsed during his fourth performance and died shortly after.

8–10, 13–15 June, 7.45pm
14 June, 2pm
NIDA Theatres, Reg Grundy Studio

Featuring NIDA final year Acting, Costume, Properties and Objects, Staging, Technical Theatre and Stage Management students, with students of the MFA in Design for Performance.

Suitable for audiences aged 15 years+. This performance may contain mild coarse language, smoking, nudity and haze or smoke effects.

An Amateur Production by Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of the RIGHTS HOLDER.

The Hypochondriac will be performed in two acts and include a 20 minute interval. Running time: 110 minutes.

Wheelchair accessible.

The Hypochondriac is playing as part of the The Nick Enright Season Student Productions June 2017.