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Shakespeare's Globe

Orchestra of the Age of Enlighten- ment

Original Scores: Moliere’s Le Malade Imaginaire

3 & 9 November

Music by Charpentiere


Sophie Junker 

Samuel Boden  

Giles Underwood  

Mary Doherty

Rosie Hilal

Dickon Tyrrell

Members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

  • Theatre/2014/SWP/OAE Original Scores/CG

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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment bring their period-specific instruments, unique style and unmatched energy to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this winter.

‘For this remarkable ensemble, it’s all about the music’
The Independent

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment make its debut performances in the intimate surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, to present Charpentier’s incidental music to Moliere’s La Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) Charpentier’s music’s for the play is witty, charming – delightful. Perhaps a surprise given that until then composer was chiefly known for his sacred works. This colourful confection of dances, orchestral music and songs is brought alive by the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for these performances.

First night audience views

What the audience thought - Le Malade Imaginaire at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from OAE on Vimeo.


OAE's Principal Theorbo Elizabeth Kenny, who has devised the dramatised performance with director Caroline Williams, and the Globe's Head of Music Bill Barclay, talk about the shows and this unique venue.

Preview: Le Malade Imaginaire at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from OAE on Vimeo.

Fizzing dances, a touching love scene, operatic parody - all feature in Charpentier's music to Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire- our debut performances at the intimate and atmospheric Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this November.

Moliere’s La Malade Imaginaire