In his search for licentious pleasure, Don Juan flies in the face of traditional morality, despite warnings that he will incur the wrath of God...
Is Don Juan an enlightened free-loving, free thinking liberal? A radical cynic or a shallow amoralist? Hero, or liar and villain? Don Juan sexual's crusade leads him back to a town he had formerly been forced to flee, having killed a man. His love-making causes quarrelling among the local women - but why should he care?! Juan is warned that is behaviour is unacceptable, outrageous: by Donna Elvira, his forsaken wife and lover, by Sganarel, his faithful servant, by his father, who feels all the shame of his son's depravity, and finally, by the ghost of his victim.
Don Juan mocks them all, he is an atheist , in pursuit of worldly pleasure. Only as the play draws to a close, dooes he realise the error os his ways.
This scathing, hilarious comedy, by "The Shakespeare of France", questions attitudes about love, sex and religion in a way that is still as relevant today as it was 300 years ago. ATCs brand new adaptation is designed to enhance the warmth and humour of the play, whilst keeping the moral arguments subtly in view. It's fast, furious, and very funny!
A new adaptation by Nigel Gearing and John Retallack.
Subsided by the Arts Council of Great Britain
Image by Iain Lanyon