The Bourgeois Gentleman

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(4.9 stars; 13 reviews)

The Bourgeois Gentleman of the title is a middle-class social climber, assured that by learning all the arts of a true and noble gentleman, he shall truly become one. This enables Moliere to satire both the pretentious middle class and the snobbish aristocracy all at one time. Originally presented in 1670 before the court of Louis the 14th with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, it was more recently re-choreographed by George Balanchine to music by Strauss. This will be a purely spoken version of the original. - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:
Monsieur Jourdain, bourgeois: ToddHW
Madame Jourdain, his wife: Lian Pang
Lucile, their daughter: Lydia
Nicole, maid: Charlotte Duckett
Cléonte, suitor of Lucile: Tomas Peter
Covielle, Cléonte's valet: Peter Tucker
Dorante, Count, suitor of Dorimène: MaskedTai
Dorimène, Marchioness: Sarah Holtz
Music Master: Leanne Yau
Pupil of the Music Master: Zames Curran
Dancing Master: Beth Thomas
Fencing Master: Jennifer Fournier
Master of Philosophy: John Burlinson
Tailor: K. Adrian Stroet
Tailor's Apprentice: Arielle Lipshaw
First Lackey: David Olson
Second Lackey: MaryAnnS
First Man: Michaël Cadilhac
Second Man: Tomas Peter
Woman: Niki Myers
Musician: Chuck Williamson
First Male Singer: Michaël Cadilhac
Second Male Singer: Chuck Williamson
Woman Singer: Niki Myers
Stage Directions: Availle
Edited By:  ToddHW (2 hr 5 min)


Act 1 15:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 30:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 48:26 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 18:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 13:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Very good read.

(5 stars)

This is relevant even today, people trying to be someone they are not. Overall its really good book , funny and witty, readers cast did great job.

Another great reading

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's only a shame it couldn't be recorded alongside Lully's original music!