O'Hare, last on Broadway in Elling, will star in the title role of a new version of Molière’s comic masterpiece, Tartuffe, by John Donnelly. Performances will begin at the National's Lyttelton February 9 prior to an official opening February 21 with tickets on sale through April 30.
Director Blanche McIntyre, who is also making her NT debut, said in a statement, “John Donnelly’s adaptation is an outrageously funny, savage, brilliant updating of Molière’s classic. Molière spoke fearlessly about power and hypocrisy in Tartuffe—so much so that the play was banned more than once. This new version shifts the weight of the central ideas to entertain and disturb an audience of 2019."
O’Hare added, "I have always loved Molière and find his plays bracingly relevant. As an American actor, the chance to work at the National is an immense honor. As a recently transplanted American living in Paris, to play Tartuffe is deliciously ironic and to be Tartuffe at the National is a dream come true."
Orgon is the man who has everything, but lately he’s been questioning the point of it all. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.
The upcoming production will have set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, and composition and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.