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The Hypochondriac: Adaptation of Molière’s famous satire to open at the Crucible

Moliere’s satirical play about a man fixated and completely obsessed with his health premieres at the Crucible on the 30th of September. Adapted by Roger McGough, and directed by Sarah Tipple, this production includes music (from composer Oliver Birch) and dance elements presenting a reimagined version of Molière’s renowned work highlighting the age-old truth that laughter is the best medicine.

Engrossed in self-concern and preoccupied with his well-being, Argan dedicates his resources and hours to frequent consultations with the family doctor. As the expenses for medical services accumulate, Argan becomes convinced that he has stumbled upon the ultimate remedy for his predicament. However, with the household becoming frustrated by his behavior, Argan might find it more productive to confront tangible matters rather than becoming consumed by his fantasies…

The cast includes Jessica Ransom as Béline who makes a welcome return to Sheffield Theatres, following her most recent role in the UK Tour of Home I’m Darling, which include dates at the Lyceum. With her roots in Sheffield, Jessica was previously involved in the Crucible’s Youth Theatre and on the Crucible stage with the Sheffield Children’s Festival in collaboration with High Storrs School. The talented cast marks this production as their inaugural performance with Sheffield Theatres. Edward Hogg stars as Argan; Jonathan Ainscough as the Purgeon and Main Carer to Ill Servant, and the on-stage Musical Director (playing piano and accordion); Zak Ghazi-Torbati as Clèante and Servant; Chris Hannon as Doctor Diaforius and Béralde; Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos as Toinette; Saroja-Lily Ratnavel as Angélique; André Refig as Bonnefoi and Ill Servant; and Garmon Rhys as Thomas Diaforius, Fleurant and Servant.

The Hypochondriac runs from 30 September to 21 October. Tickets are on sale now at


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