Theatre (comedy, adaptation)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Ballroom
  • 17:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Ed Littlewood Productions in association with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Liz Lochhead's un-PC, rude, rhyming cut of Moliere's classic relocated to a 1940s Scotch living room. Con man Tartuffe, with his perfect mark in the gullible paterfamilias, will ruin them all. Unless, together, trophy wife and sassy maid prevail? Sex: men and women using it against each other. You have to laugh! In association with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund. Directed by Tony Cownie, following a sell-out run at Oran Mor. 'The cast give it pure laldy' **** (Herald). 'Moliere himself might well have relished its pace, flair and earthy hilarity' **** (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Elin 90 days ago

Having to get your head into the Scots mind set took a bit of getting used to but once there this was a throughly enjoyable show.

Frances Mullan 102 days ago

Great fun production with fast dialogue and laugh out loud moments. All the characters were well portrayed, humorous and animated. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and would whole heartedly recommend this show.

RL 105 days ago

Great adaptation. Great acting! But unless you’re Scottish you won’t understand a word. The dialect is so heavy we only got every other phrase. Maybe subtitles are in order?

R 107 days ago

An absolute joy, best show so far!

Olive McIntosh 107 days ago

What a tonic! An outstanding play that we would watch again in a heart beat. The language is funny, witty and very clever. Great performances from all of the cast. Its hard to believe we were watching a play that started its life in 1664. Perhaps not easy to understand if your first language isn't Scots! It gets ***** from us :)

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

There’s more delicious pleasure in Tartuffe at the Assembly Rooms (not to be confused with the other two productions of the play on the Fringe this year). A fast-paced, one-hour version of Liz Lochhead’s justly celebrated Scots adaptation of Moliere’s comedy, this is a revival of a successful production from...

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UK Theatre Network (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

Directed by Tony Cownie, it’s performed in Scots (though Sassenachs and the rest of the world attending the Fringe should be able to understand it) by a stellar cast including Outlander regular Andy Clark as Orgon and Nicola Roy as his elegant wife. But it is Grant O’Rourke who steals the show in the title role, his cringeworthy portrayal putting even the best performance of Burns’ Holy Willie to shame.

An hour well spent!

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

“Ah’m nae angel,” sneers Andy Clark’s Tartuffe, one of theatre’s great con artists, as he attempts to downplay his own manipulative awfulness and gaslight Nicola Roy’s trophy wife Elmire into taking the blame for his crude advances due to “yer ain wee enticin’ ways”. Roy’s elegant but exasperated Elmire and...

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