About Misanthrope, The
Molière's THE MISANTHROPE will open at the Comedy Theatre in December, starring Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley, Dominic Rowan and Tim McMullan.
Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp's blistering version of Molière's greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.
Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste's plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.
Damian Lewis made his name in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning mini series Band Of Brothers. He has since carved out a prolific career in film, television and theatre most recently appearing on stage in Pillars of the Community (National Theatre) and Five Gold Rings (Almeida) and on screen in the hugely popular NBC series Life. His film credits include Dreamcatcher, An Unfinished Life, The Escapist, Chromophobia and Stormbreaker and his television work includes the remake of The Forsythe Saga and Confessions of a Diary Secretary.
Tara Fitzgerald’s credits span television, film and theatre. Currently best known to television audiences for her role as Dr Eve Lockhart in the BBC’s hugely popular drama series Waking The Dead, she has also starred in Jane Eyre, The Virgin Queen, Miss Marple – Body In The Library, Rose and Maloney and the soon to be screened U Be Dead. Her film credits include Five Children And It, I Capture The Castle, The Lion’s Mouth, Dark Blue World, Rancid Aluminum and Brassed Off. On stage she has appeared in A Doll’s House (Donmar), And Then There Were None (Gielgud), A Doll’s House (national tour), A Streetcar Named Desire (Bristol Old Vic) and Hamlet (Almeida).
Keira Knightley has established herself as one of the most talented and versatile screen actresses of her generation. Having first come to the audience’s attention in the surprise film hit Bend It Like Beckham she has gone on to star in Joe Wright’s award-winning film Atonement with James McAvoy, The Duchess, The Edge Of Love with Sienna Miller, Domino, The Jacket, Pride And Prejudice and as the feisty Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She has recently completed filming on the movies Never Let Me Go and the highly anticipated London Boulevard both due for release later this year. Her television credits include the critically acclaimed remake of Doctor Zhivago, Oliver and Coming Home.
Dominic Rowan has worked extensively in theatre including A Voyage Around My Father (Donmar/West End), Happy Now? (National), As You Like It (Globe), A Spanish Tragedy (Arcola), Way To Heaven (Royal Court) and Iphegina At Aulis (National). His television credits include Catwalk Dogs with Kris Marshall, Baby Boom, Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution, The Family Man with Trevor Eve and Hearts And Bones.