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    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
    By Jean-Baptiste Lully, Molière

    21:00, Thu 25th June 2020 - Mon 29th June 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    18:45, Thu 2nd July 2020 - Mon 6th July 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:45, Thu 9th July 2020 - Mon 13th July 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
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    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme is a five-act comédie-ballet—a play intermingled with music, dance and singing—by Molière, first presented on 14 October 1670 before the court of Louis XIV at the Château of Chambord by Molière's troupe of actors. Subsequent public performances were given at the theatre of the Palais-Royal beginning on 23 November 1670. The music was composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, the choreography was by Pierre Beauchamp, the sets were by Carlo Vigarani and the costumes were done by the chevalier d’Arvieux.
    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme satirizes attempts at social climbing and the bourgeois personality, poking fun both at the vulgar, pretentious middle-class and the vain, snobbish aristocracy. The title is meant as an oxymoron: in Molière's France, a "gentleman" was by definition nobly born, and thus there could be no such thing as a bourgeois gentleman. The play is in prose.

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