Molière

The Bourgeois Gentleman


Main stage
RO
EN
1h 30' without intermission

Monsieur Jourdain, bourgeois
Miklós Bács
 
Madame Jourdain, his wife
Emőke Kató
 
Lucile, their daughter
Éva Imre
 
Cléonte, suitor of Lucile
Balázs Bodolai
 
Covielle, Cléonte's valet
Loránd Váta
 
Nicole, maid
Csilla Albert
 
First Music Master
Gábor Viola
 
Second Music Master
Loránd Farkas
 
Third Music Master
Róbert Laczkó Vass
 
Dancing Master
Ferenc Sinkó
 
Martial Arts Master
Szabolcs Balla
 
First Master of Philosophy
Attila Orbán
 
Second Master of Philosophy
Áron Dimény
 
Master of Love
Andrea Vindis
 
Assistant to the Master of Love
Réka Csutak

directed by
Mihai Măniuțiu
 
text adaptation
Anca Măniuțiu, Mihai Măniuțiu
 
choreography
Andrea Gavriliu
 
set design
Adrian Damian
 
costume design
Luiza Enescu
 
original music by
Mihai Dobre
 
video designer
Cristian Pascariu, Dima Dimov
 
dramaturg
Kata Demeter
 
director's assistant
Emőke Veres
 
stage manager
Réka Zongor

Date of the opening: May 2018

Mr. Jourdain, a filthy rich bourgeois, can afford to buy almost anything in the world. Still, he feels he is missing something: he wants to rise above his middle-class condition and become a cultivated and refined person, just as he imagines members of high life as being. To this end, he opens up his wallet, and surrounds himself with masters who teach him music, dance, and philosophy, lessons meant to fill the real or imaginary knowledge gaps he believes he possesses. However, his masters are dilettantes who exploit his naivety and help themselves to his fortune.

Exasperated by his whims, his family and everyone around him end up joining forces to teach him a lesson. They set up a brilliant farce that the bourgeois gentleman takes as the reality that would fulfill his deepest desires to reach a higher social status. Do common sense and sound judgment have any chance in the face of blind ambition and unmerited desire for social climbing? The Bourgeois Gentleman is a funny story that entertains us even today, 350 years after its creation.