Bell Shakespeare has announced its first production for 2019, which will see its founder John Bell return to take on the title role of Molière’s The Miserafter stepping away at the end of 2015. Artistic Director Peter Evans will stage this comedy of manners in a new adaptation by playwright Justin Fleming, who has adapted a string of Molière works for Bell Shakespeare over the years.

John Bell for Bell Shakespeare’s  The Miser. Photo © Pierre Toussaint

“In 2014 I had the great joy of directing Tartuffe,” said Evans. “Having been a long time Molière fan, bringing his sharp humour to Bell Shakespeare audiences at the Sydney Opera House was a delight. Since then I have been waiting for the right time, the right play, and the right cast to revel in Molière’s artistry again. John Bell as the Miser was just too tantalising to resist. Having the opportunity to invite back our Founding Director to Bell Shakespeare, in a role that will have you laughing in the aisles, if not a little scandalised by the naughtiness of Justin Fleming’s translation, is a pleasure.”

The Miseris a play about family dynamics and greed,” Evans...