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Le Malade Imaginaire

or The Hypochondriac


  • Playwright

    Lord Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Setting

    Argan's house in Paris 1673

  • Synopsis

    Argan is a wealthy man convinced that his body is under constant assault from viruses and ailments, so he arranges for his daughter to marry a doctor, so that he can have access to constant medical attention, even though the poor girl's in love with another.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Beraldus Alpho O'Reilly
Lulu Miriam Brosnan
Mr. Diafoirus John Welsh
Belinda Gladys Richards
Mr. Smellie Denis Hoey
Angelica Joan O'Rourke
Thomas Diafoirus Milo O'Shea
Argan Christopher Casson
Mr. Purge Aiden Grennell
Cleanthus Vincent Scally
Production Team  
Settings by Kay Casson
Costumes Lord Longford
Musician Florence Byrne
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician Dermot Murnaghan
Produced by Dan O'Connell(2)
Manager Lord Longford
Secretary Maureen Naish-Gray

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