tartuffe, play

As part of Total South Africa’s long standing relationship with the French Institute of South Africa, Total is once again a sponsor of bringing the French play “Tartuffe” by Molière to the South African theatres.

The French Institute (IFAS-Culture) encourages cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent by supporting artistic event ranging from contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry and music, to contemporary art exhibitions and literature.

Last year Total South Africa was one of the sponsors of the Matisse Art Exhibition, which toured the main centres of the country.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name, Molière, (1622 to 1672) was a French playwright and actor who was considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.  He redefined French theatre in the 17th century, becoming one of the  architects of social satire and his impact can still be felt today.  He was very successful, but had to suffer censorship and arrest due to his accurate derisions and stinging truths. 

Tartuffe will be played by a brilliant South African cast within a context never seen before and which promises a lot of surprises.



Soweto Theatre – performances from 5 April to 8 April 2017

Cape Town

Baxter Theatre – performances from 18 April to 29 April 2017


Courtyard Theatre – performances from 25 May to 27 May 2017


Joburg Theatre – performances from 1 June to 25 June 2017


There are several events planned by the French Institute around this project such as


  • Workshops and conferences with actors in schools and universities
  • Special performances for school learners
  • Screenings of Moliere themed movies
  • An exhibition showcasing costumes, sketches and pictures of the original Tartuffe
  • A documentary on the making of this product and its tour




Watch this space for further information.


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