In this world premiere, Hilary Bell adapts Molière’s classic satire The Hypochondriac for contemporary Australian audiences. Opening at Darlinghurst Theatre on June 14, this exciting new production features BMEG’s Monica Sayers.
Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.
The Hypochondriac critiques a society of overdiagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals.
The Hypochondriac is a hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.
Running time is 2 hours plus interval.