L'Avare

Ludovic Lagarde’s L’ Avare sends shockwaves across the stage. The Miser makes life miserable for those around him, to the delight of audiences! He is a tormentor of others and himself. As greedy as he is miserly, Harpagon wants to accumulate and retain in equal measure. Above all, he does not want to consume in any shape or form. In Lagarde’s staging, Harpagon’s dwelling is void of furniture but, by virtue of the rule of profitability, it is cluttered up with packages waiting to be redirected. All forms of solidarity, all social and family ties can be melted down into gold. For Harpagon, wealth has no other purpose than to disappear into the depths of a black hole, similar to the one he digs at the end of his garden in order to bury his hoard. Too bad for the others - and for him, for Harpagon is effectively digging his own grave... How can he escape it? Is it really possible? Ludovic Lagarde’s ingenious staging brings out both aspects of L’Avare, this milestone in black humour. All the comedy is there, in that we never miss out on Harpagon’s undying thirst for life (even he himself wants to remarry!). But this is also black humour, for the Miser is incurable: the gold coins are his bodily companion, and his hoard his resting place... What future, then, can such a man offer his children? And what if his world is indeed our world? What is this face we see in the gloomy mirror Molière holds before us?

Odéon 6e

Place de l'Odéon Paris 75006 France

Odéon 6e

02 june – 30 june 2018 / Length 2h35

L'Avare
[The Miser]

by Molière

directed by Ludovic Lagarde

with Marion Barché, Myrtille Bordier, Louise Dupuis, Alexandre Pallu, Laurent Poitrenaux, Tom Politano, Julien Storini, Christèle Tual, and Jean-Luc Briand, Élie Chapus, Benjamin Dussud, Sophie Engel, Zacharie Jourdain, Élodie Leau, Benoît Muzard

Timetable

From Tuesday tu Saturday at 20h, Sunday at 15h. No performances on Sunday 3d June.

Length 2h35

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Odéon 6e
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Prices

from 6€ to 40€
More info

Booking online opens March 27th. May 22d mai for the previews.

Accessibility

audiodescription Tuesday 19th and Sunday 24th June
Subtitled in French and English: Fridays 15th and et 29th June

  • L'Avare | photo © Pascal Gély
    photo © Pascal Gély
  • L'Avare | photo © Pascal Gély
    photo © Pascal Gély
  • L'Avare | photo © Pascal Gély
    photo © Pascal Gély
  • L'Avare | photo © Pascal Gély
    photo © Pascal Gély
  • L'Avare | photo © Pascal Gély
    photo © Pascal Gély

Ludovic Lagarde’s L’ Avare sends shockwaves across the stage. The Miser makes life miserable for those around him, to the delight of audiences! He is a tormentor of others and himself. As greedy as he is miserly, Harpagon wants to accumulate and retain in equal measure. Above all, he does not want to consume in any shape or form. In Lagarde’s staging, Harpagon’s dwelling is void of furniture but, by virtue of the rule of profitability, it is cluttered up with packages waiting to be redirected. All forms of solidarity, all social and family ties can be melted down into gold. For Harpagon, wealth has no other purpose than to disappear into the depths of a black hole, similar to the one he digs at the end of his garden in order to bury his hoard. Too bad for the others - and for him, for Harpagon is effectively digging his own grave... How can he escape it? Is it really possible? Ludovic Lagarde’s ingenious staging brings out both aspects of L’Avare, this milestone in black humour. All the comedy is there, in that we never miss out on Harpagon’s undying thirst for life (even he himself wants to remarry!). But this is also black humour, for the Miser is incurable: the gold coins are his bodily companion, and his hoard his resting place... What future, then, can such a man offer his children? And what if his world is indeed our world? What is this face we see in the gloomy mirror Molière holds before us?

On Video

Previews

Previews Box office opening dates Prices single-price 50%
31st May and 1st June / 20h
22th May
20€ / 14€ / 9€ / 7€

Previews at the Odéon, this is 6000 half-price seats!
From January 2017 onwards, we will be offering two half-price preview performances for long-running shows.
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Credits

scenography Antoine Vasseur
lights Sébastien Michaud
costumes Marie La Rocca
make-up and hair Cécile Kretschmar
music Pierre-Alexandre “Yuksek” Busson
sound David Bichindaritz
set dresser Éric Delpla
artistical collaboration Céline Gaudier
dramaturgy Marion Stoufflet

production La Comédie de Reims – CDN
with the support of the Fonds d’Insertion pour Jeunes Artistes Dramatiques DRAC and the Région PACA


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Excerpt

Maître Jacques : Combien serez-vous de gens à table ?
Harpagon : Nous serons huit ou dix ; mais il ne faut prendre que huit. Quand il y a à manger pour huit, il y en a bien pour dix.
Valère : Cela s’entend.

Molière : L’Avare, acte IV, scène 7