The Miser

The Miser

Wealthy skinflint, Harpagon is so cheap he’d rather bury his money in the backyard and steal oats from his horse before seeing a dollar spent.

Welcome to the world of The Miser, where passion and penny pinching go head to head in a ribald comedy of manners.

John Bell stars as the stingy, avaricious and obnoxious Harpagon, a money-lender who makes Ebenezer Scrooge look generous. This is a man who loves nothing more than his beloved cash — not even his own children.

With his eye on the prize — an inappropriately young bride who already has her sights set on his son — Harpagon is prepared to sacrifice his children and his dignity to win it all.

First performed in 1668, The Miser is the well-known satire by French playwright Molière, known for other classics such as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope.

Bell Shakespeare’s Founder, John Bell, will be directed by Artistic Director, Peter Evans, in this deliciously mean comedic Molière adaptation, exploring the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation.

A delightful farce about a tight-arse lacking in class.


By Molière, a new version by Justin Fleming
Director Peter Evans
Designer Anna Tregloan
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach Jess Chambers


John Bell
Michelle Doake
Harriet Gordon-Anderson
Elizabeth Nabben
Sean O’Shea
Jamie Oxenbould
Russell Smith
Damien Strouthos
Jessica Tovey  

See below for information on our performances of The Miser for schools.

School Matinees
Wednesday 13 March 1pm
Thursday 21 March 11am
Wednesday 27 March 11am

In Conversation with the cast and Director:
Thursday 7 February, 6pm – 7pm

In Conversation with the cast:
Tuesday 10 April, 6pm – 7pm (free event)

School Matinees
Wednesday 1 May 11am
In Conversation with the cast:
Sunday 29 April, 1pm – 2pm (free event)

– School matinees are $30 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students. Additional teacher tickets at student prices. GST not applicable.
– Limited number of discounted tickets available in evening performances. Conditions apply. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.
– Australian Curriculum-linked classroom resources will be made available.

For more information or to make a schools booking contact Bell Shakespeare Learning.
Tel: 1300 305 730
1300 552 271
PO Box 10, Millers Point, 2000

| 2 March – 6 April 2019
In Conversation (free event): Thursday 7 February, 6pm – 7pm

CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE | 11 – 20 April 2019
In Conversation (free event): Tuesday 09 April, 6pm – 7pm

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE | 25 April – 12 May 2019
In Conversation (free event): Sunday 28 April, 1pm – 2pm

The Miser