A Night in Versailles, based on ‘The Imaginary Cuckold’ by Molière
Synopsis: Gorgibus wants his daughter, Celie, to marry a rich man, Valere, instead of Lelie, whom she loves. Celie, lamenting this turn of events while her beloved is away, faints. Her maid catches her and calls out for help.
Sganarelle, who happens to be passing, runs over to hold Celie while her maid runs for aid. Sganarelle's wife, however, sees him holding Celie and suspects the worst. She finds a portrait of Lelie, dropped by Celie when she fainted, and admires his good looks. Sganarelle returns and sees his wife gazing at the portrait, and he too suspects an affair. They argue and run off just as Lelie arrives home, after hearing rumors of Celie's wedding plans.
Sganarelle enters again, holding the portrait, and Lelie is shocked. He asks Sganarelle how he came to have the portrait, and Sganarelle replies that he took it from his wife. Sganarelle's wife comes back and finds Lelie now ready to faint, so she invites him into their home to rest. Sganarelle, of course, then sees Lelie with his wife, and his suspicions are confirmed. But Celie also sees Lelie leaving the house, and approaches Sganarelle, who tells her that Lelie has cuckolded him with his wife.
We had the pleasure of presenting ‘A Night in Versailles’ based on Molière’s one-act farcical comedy, Sganarelle, Or The Imaginary Cuckold, for two nights in the beautiful armoury of a historical fencing school. The play was accompanied by live baroque music and was followed by a wine and cheese reception during which the audiences had to opportunity to personally meet the actors and musicians. In short, we bring audiences into a full, multi-faceted experience of the world of the play, and not just the play itself.
Despite financial limitation, A Night in Versailles was presented with considerable artistic and administrative success.
From fundraising, advertising, designing and building of stage/set, casting and training of actors, a wide range of tasks were effectively completed. Our professional and creative team included 7 actors, 5 musicians, 2 producers, 1 financial director, 1 art director/set designer, 4 set painters, 2 set builders, 1 lighting designer, 1 stage manager and 2 front of house. The production was a successful collaboration between art and business. The event was well received by the two nights of a sold out audience.