Next Best Thing productions

The Miser
by Molière


Dan Sumption as Harpagon in The Miser by Moliére, performed by Next Best Thing productions

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7th-10th December 2005
Central Library Theatre, Sheffield

Alex Gill
Clare Coleman
Al Connell
Dan Sumption
Simon Atherton
Sophie Millward
David Reid
Kristin Atherton
Phil Ashton

Translated by Alan Drury

Produced by Will Bird, Dan Sumption, John Rush and Claire Boulter

Directed by Will Bird


Molière's 1668 tale of money versus family proved to be the most confident Next Best Thing production to date. Moving to the more traditional proscenium arch stage of the Library Theatre gave the play a jaunty, music-hall feel, aided by some colourful 1930s-style costumes. Dan Sumption made a triumphant return as the twisted Scrooge-like Harpagon, stamping on the romantic dreams of his grown-up children played with comic assurance by newcomers Clare Coleman and Al Connell. NBT veterans Alex Gill and David Reid were excellent as Harpagon's warring servants, while Simon Atherton and Phil Ashton tackled their multiple roles with superbly-timed aplomb. Kristin Atherton proved a sympathetic and delightful sacrificial lamb to the slaughter as Harpagon's object of desire, helped (and hindered) by Sophie Millward's brilliantly scatty match-maker. A truly funny play that once again showcased some remarkable undiscovered acting talent.

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