Tartuffe by Moliere, 13th to 16th May 2009 at the Rondo Theatre, 8.00pm. Directed by Mike Taylortartuffe2

This was a rare opportunity for Bath theatre audiences to enjoy one of the great masterpieces of France’s favourite playwright.

The play recounts the ravages of inflicted on the peaceful lives of a middle-class household by the con man of the title.

The production is in the traditional style, and makes use of the superlative verse translation by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur, while Moliere’s genius ensures a feast of sparkling comedy with a few thought-provoking moments thrown in. Mike Taylor’s directorial debut.