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Ed Littlewood Productions in assoc. with Holden Street Theatres, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund present

A priest holding a bible, a shocked woman in a blue and pink dress and a man in a suit with her hand on the girls shoulder stand in front of a red tartan background.

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! Tartuffe is presented by Ed Littlewood Productions 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.

International Praise for Tartuffe

★★★★ "An hour well spent!" - UK Theatre Network

★★★★ "The cast give it pure laldy" - The Herald

★★★★ "Moliere himself might well have relished its pace, flair and earthy hilarity" - The Scotsman

★★★★ "delivers on the biting humour of the original, thanks to a high-quality local cast." - The Stage

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is Scotland’s leading producing theatre, led by Artistic Director David Greig. With a strong reputation for excellence in both classical and contemporary work The Lyceum is committed to developing Scotland’s considerable indigenous talents while presenting the best of international drama.

About Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead is one of Scotland's true treasures, a highly honoured and inspirational poet, playwright, translator, and broadcaster.

Having written poetry as a child and whilst studying at art school, Liz Lochhead won a BBC Scotland Poetry Competition in 1971 and Gordon Wright published her first collection of Poetry, Memo for Spring, in 1972 under his Reprographia imprint.

Lochhead's success in poetry was rivalled by her writing for the theatre. Her plays include Blood and Ice (1982), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation into Scots of Molière's Tartuffe (1985). She adapted the medieval texts of the York Mystery Plays, performed by a largely amateur cast at York Theatre Royal in 1992 and 1996. Her adaptation of Euripides' Medea won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2001. Her plays have been performed on BBC Radio 4: Blood and Ice (11 June 1990), The Perfect Days (16 May 1999), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (11 February 2001) and The Stanley Baxter Playhouse: Mortal Memories (26 June 2006). Her adaptation of Helen Simpson's short story Burns and the Bankers was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Burns Night, 25 January 2012. Her plays Educating Agnes and Thebans premiered in the early 2000s, and in 2011 as part of the Glasgay Festival, Liz Lochhead's play Edwin Morgan's Dreams and Other Nightmares premiered at the Tron and it was revived three years later as part of the cultural celebrations for the commonwealth games. She has produced many new works for the Oran Mor in Glasgow, including Mortal Memories (2012) and Between the Thinks Bubble and the Speech Balloon (2014) with Tom Leonard, William Letford, Grace Cleary, and Henry Bell.

Liz Lochhead performs internationally in theatres and literary festivals, as well as appearing regularly at nights around Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Honours and Awards

In 2005, Lochhead became the Poet Laureate for Glasgow, a position she held until stepping down in 2011, when she was named as the second Scots Makar, or national poet of Scotland, succeeding Edwin Morgan who had died the previous year. She stepped down from this role in February 2016, and was succeeded by Jackie Kay in March 2016.

She is currently the Honorary President of the Caledonian Cultural Fellows at Glasgow Caledonian University.and holds honorary doctorates from ten of Scotland's universities.

She was writer in residence at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1980 and later at Glasgow University, The University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Eton.

In 2014 she was elected a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In 2015 Liz Lochhead was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Lochhead is only the 11th woman to have been awarded the prize since its inception in 1933, and the eighth Scot.


A priest holding a bible, a shocked woman in a blue and pink dress and a man in a suit with her hand on the girls shoulder stand in front of a red tartan background.


Genre: Theatre/Comedy

Origin: GB

Rating: M

Duration: 60 mins

Season: 2020

Dates: 11 Feb - 15 Mar

14 - 15 Mar: 12:00pm

11 - 16 Feb 6:30pm

18 - 23 Feb 9:30pm

25 Feb - 1 March 6:30pm

3-8 March 6:30pm

10-14 March 9:30pm


7 March 12:30pm

14-15 March 12pm


GA: $28.00

Concession: $25.00

Group (6+): $22.00

CheapTuesday: $20.00

Preview: $18.00

Fringe Members: $21.75

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Arch

HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Arch.

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