Argan is the tyrannical head of a household of women, using his imagined illnesses to keep them all running to do his bidding. But when he declares that he's marrying his daughter off to the idiot son of his doctor in order to have on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette puts her foot down. She uses his own narcissism against him to the point where he swears off quacks for life. She then proceeds to reveal the duplicity of his wife Beline, and his daughter's true love for musician Cleante. However when Argan has been successfully stripped of all his delusions, she realises that he really is suffering - from hypochondria - and is in no fit state to face reality.
- 100 minutes
- 4 female, 3 male
- There's room for flexibility in the gender split: the style allows for playful casting. In the original production, Dr Diafoirus was played by a woman in drag.
- all ages
- Australian Script Centre