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The Comic Illusion

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 September 2011

Ranjit Bolt's reworking of Pierre Corneille's classic comedy. An old man seeks his estranged son with the help of a wizard. The magician shows the grieving father the boy's recent life in the form of an action-packed comedy adventure.

Matamore ..... John Sessions
Alcandre ..... Richard Johnson
Clindor ..... Michael Maloney
Isabelle ..... Hattie Morahan
G�ronte ..... Benjamin Whitrow
Adraste ..... Pip Torrens
Lyse ..... Rosie Fellner
Pridamant ..... Paul Moriarty
Dorante ..... Simon Bubb
Jailer ..... James Lailey
Page ..... Jonathan Forbes
Empress, Queen ..... Victoria Inez-Hardy

Original music composed and performed by Russell Taylor and Steve Cooke

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

  • The Comic Illusion

    The Comic Illusion

    (l-r) Pip Torrens (Adraste), Rosie Fellner (Lyse), Richard Johnson (Alcandre), John Sessions (Matamore), Hattie Morahan (Isabelle), Michael Moloney (Clindor), and the translator Ranjit Bolt.
    (photo by Roz Marston)

  • Isabelle and Clindor

    Isabelle and Clindor

    Hattie Morahan and Michael Moloney.
    (photo by Roz Marston)

  • Matamore and Clindor

    Matamore and Clindor

    John Sessions and Michael Moloney.
    (photo by Roz Marston)

  • The Comic Illusion

    The Comic Illusion

    (l-r) Pip Torrens (Adraste), John Sessions (Matamore), Hattie Morahan (Isabelle), Rosie Fellner (Lyse) and Michael Moloney (Clindor).
    (photo by Roz Marston)


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