The Imaginary Invalid

Play

Writers: Moliere

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1673
Genres
Comedy, Farce
Settings
Period, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
Argan's household, France, Late 1600s
Cast Size
medium
Dancing
Optional
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, child, early teen, late teen characters

Synopsis

In Molière’s classic, The Imaginary Invalid, Argan--the eponymous hypochondriac--makes everyone in his life miserable with his melodramatic suffering and endless, unnecessary curative treatments. His doctor and apothecary are bleeding him dry--literally and figuratively. His duplicitous second wife schemes to inherit his whole estate. His daughter, Angélique, is in love with Cléante, but Argan engages her to an oafish medical student, so as to secure more physicians for himself. Argan’s foolish and unshakable devotion to medicine is out of control, and it is up to Toinette, the family’s faithful servant, to set the household to rights again.

Lead Characters