• Friday, August 19, 2022

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Review – Tartuffe: ‘It’s well-written, intelligent, funny and fast moving’

Asif Khan in the title role as Tartuffe.

By: Lekshmi Sajeev

by ROSHAN DOUG THE Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Tartuffe centres on the household of Imran and Amira Pervez (played by Simon Nagra and Sasha Behar, respectively). The classic is recontextualised to make the ideas topical and more relevant to the concerns of Britain’s post-Brexit, 21st-century multiculturalism. Hence, instead of the Parisian Catholicism of Louis XIV’s reign, we’re given a Muslim family of Pakistani heritage negotiating their cultural identity through their relationship with self-appointed Islamic leaders like Tartuffe (played by Asif Khan) who purport to know what Allah wants and whose interpretation of specific texts in the Quran is relative dependent…

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