translated from the French by Miles Mallison

directed by Dilys Mason


Thursday 13th March 1997, 7.45pm
Friday 14th March 1997, 7.45pm
Saturday 15th March 1997, 7.45pm

Extract performed at the Cheshire Theatre Guild AGM, 17th July 1997.

Cheshire Theatre Guild Awards 1996-97 Season

Bill Beton nominated for The Jeffrey Croxford
Cup for the Best Supporting Actor
for the part of
Dr Thomas Diaforus

Nominated for The Margaret Thomas
Salver for Best Costume

What is a hypochondriac? It's someone you should never, ever ask "how are you?", because, believe me, they will tell you at boring length how unwell they are, how badly the world treats them, and how much they "suffer".

So it is with Argan, our "imaginary" invalid, who tries to propel his daughter into marriage with a doctor. Why? Well he won't have to pay the doctor's fees, will he!

But Argan, totally self-centred, is no match for the wiles of the women of his household...

A delightful play, full of cunning; a breath of fresh air and, in fact, very French.

The Gallery


The Cast
Monsieur Argan Owen Le Blanc
Toinette Gill Beton
Angelica Serena Hammour
Béline Grace Reed
Monsieur Bonnefoy Jeff Lomax
Cléante Ian Illingworth
Dr Diaforus Geoffrey Reed
Dr Thomas Diaforus Bill Beton
Louise Clare Coffey
Monsieur Béralde Alan Lucas
The Apothecary Chris Saunders
Dr Purgon Peter Simpson

The Crew
Director Dilys Mason
Stage Manager Lucille Connolly
Sound and Lighting John Banks
Properties Patricia Helingoe
with thanks to...

Grace Reed
Janet Douglas
Lucille Connolly
Assistant to the director Julie Hanson
Finale Mike Janes
Backstage Deborah Townsend
Set Design &
Geoffrey Reed
Grace Reed
John Banks
Janet Douglas
Karl Douglas
Bill Beton
Gill Beton
Danny Traynor
Serena Hammour
David Beton
Ian Illingworth
Ruth Illingworth
Lucille Connolly
Scenery Painting Peter Hammond
Publicity Bill Beton
Julie Hanson
Programme Bill Beton

About the play

One of Molière's enemies in a lampoon accused him of being a hypochondriac. Knowing he was dying, Molière wrote The Imaginary Invalid to turn both his own tragedy and his scorn for doctors into a comedy. Molière played Argan, and his wife played Angelica. He died after the play's fourth performance, on 17th February 1673. He was 51.