The Hypochondriac

Molière, translated by Martin Sorrell
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First produced in 1673 and Molière's final play, THE HYPOCHONDRIAC is a scathingly funny lampoon on both hypochondria and the “quack” medical profession. Argan is a perfectly healthy, wealthy gentleman, convinced that he is seriously ill. So obsessed is he with medicinal tinkerings and tonics that he is blind to the goings on in his own household. However, his most efficacious cure will not appear in a bottle or a bedpan but in his sharp-tongued servant, who has a cunning plan to reveal the truth and open her master's eyes.

Production Info

Cast: 12 total (4 female, 8 male)
Full Length Drama (about 160 minutes)
Single Set
Period Costumes
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About the Author


  • Molière

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622 – 1673), known as Molière, was a French dramatist, director, and actor, and one of the world's greatest masters of comic satire. Of his nearly 40 plays, his most famous are TARTUFFE, THE MISER, THE LEARNED LADIES, THE MISANTHROPE, and THE IMAGINARY INVALID.

  • Martin Sorrell

    Martin Sorrell is Professor of French Poetry and Literary Translation at the University of Exeter. He has published many books and articles in his field and is a prize-winning translator of French poetry. He has published a number of translations of Molière plays for Nick Hern Books.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher Nick Hern Books
Publication Date 1/1/1995
Pages 128
ISBN 9781854591975

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The Hypochondriac is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC