by Molière

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth – a celebration of the 4 arts:

Theatre – Dance – Music – Voice

Director Donald McManus

Producer Michael [Michel] Bula



1 week – 16 to 20 August 2022 inclusive

Evenings [5]: Tues 16 August 2022 [NEW! sneak preview dress rehearsals dress rehearsal] to Sat 20 August 2022 inclusive at 8pm

Matinees [2]: Fri 19 August 2022 [booked out and closed!] and Sat 20 August 2021 both at 2.30 pm

Tickets $22 to $41 includes booking fee wine + cheese before show

NEW! sneak preview dress rehearsals dress rehearsal – all tickets $25

PRICES INCLUDE DRINKS [Dominique Portet wines, Temple Brewing Co. beers and Will Studd Selected cheeses] BEFORE SHOW [details below – included in the price – great value!] come 30 minutes before show start

$41 Public

$36 Concessions : pensioners, seniors, unemployed, UFE, FACCI, AFAS, AFTV, Alliance Française, MEAA, Groupe Romand [Swiss], l’Ecole Française de Melbourne, French Journey, Cassis, Melbourne Accueil, MyFrenchLife and French Australian Lawyers Society.

$32 MFT Members

$22 FULL-TIME students

* NB without proof of concession full price must be paid *

Booking fee covers credit card and admin fees now $2 [down from $3] per ticket

Open public rehearsals in late July 2022 followed by wine and cheese all tickets $15 Come and see how a show is made!


Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair Street, Kensington VIC 3031

TELEPHONE 03 9349 2250


SGANARELLE, a middle-aged bachelor – Donald McManus

GÉRONIMO, his friend – Michael [Michel] Bula

DORIMÈNE, his fiancée, young coquette promised to Sganarelle – Maya O’Farrell

ALCANTOR, her father – Richard Ryan

ALCIDAS, her brother – Celia Handscombe

LYCASTE, her lover – Karim Bouriah-Lopez

DEUX ÉGYPTIENNES (dancers and singers) – Karim Bouriah-Lopez + Ayala Gopnik-McManus [+ GARçON]

PANCRACE, an Aristotelian philosopher – Dr. Hilary Gopnik MA, PhD.

MARPHURIUS, a Phyrrhonian or sceptical philosopher – Celia Handscombe


With support of the Early Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

The Band…
Kasinda Faase – flute
Lara Mladjen – violin
Lachlan Harris – violin
Maddison Furlan – viola da gamba
Rosanne Hunt – cello

and many thanks to

Shane Lestideau, Baroque Ensemble & Music History Tutor, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne
Lyndon Watts Convenor of the Early Music Studio
Greg Dikmans, Baroque flute tutor

In celebration of Moliere’s 400th birthday, Melbourne French Theatre is presenting the one-act farce comedy Le Mariage Forcé complete with music by Lully.  The Forced Marriage is an outrageous role reversal plot in which the husband to be is outwitted by his young bride to be and her family.


Premiere: January 1664, in the Queen Mother’s apartment at the Louvre.

A court entertainment. Music composed by Lully, with ballet interludes that starred Louis XIV and other noblemen. Comedy-ballet genre.

Based on a commedia dell’arte plot and Rabelais’ dialogue between Panurge and Pantagruel. Panurge wants to marry but is afraid of being cuckolded, as he has done to others.


Lord Sganarelle, 53 years old, reminded of his age by his friend Géronimo, is engaged to Dorimene, a young woman. Sganarelle is excited about the marriage until he meets Dorimene. She talks too much and only cares about his money. Sganarelle seeks out philosophers but both are useless. So then he runs into Gypsies. They suggest Dorimene may cheat on him. Sganarelle also meets Lycaste, but doesn’t realize he’s Dorimene’s lover. Sganarelle goes to his future father-in-law Alcantor to cancel the wedding and Alcantor gets Dorimene’s brother Alcidas. When Alcidas threatens to fight him to the death, Sganarelle immediately agrees to marry Dorimene.


This tale of a money-minded bride-to-be pleases the audience and King Louis XIV, but fact merges with fiction when Moliere is confronted with the idea that his fiancée, the younger sister of his former mistress, Madeleine Béjart, may not be quite what she seems.


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