True Blood actor Denis O’Hare is to make his National Theatre debut playing the title role in Tartuffe.
The new adaptation of Moliere’s comedy by John Donnelly runs at the Lyttelton theatre from February 9 to April 30, with press night on February 21.
O’Hare, whose theatre credits include the Tony Award-winning Take Me Out, said “I have always loved Moliere and find his plays bracingly relevant.
“As an American actor, the chance to work at the National is an immense honour. 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.”
Director Blanche McIntyre added: “Denis is one of the great actors of our time. He moves effortlessly from affecting to frightening to funny.
“His acting is full of sharp political intelligence and boundless humanity. His ideas are fascinating. I know his Tartuffe will be extraordinary and I can’t wait to work with him on it.”