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The Hypochondriac

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1344
  1. Aula Abbara, preregistration house officer (
  1. Central Middlesex Hospital, London

    By Molière Directed by Lindsay Posner Almeida Theatre, London, until 7 January 2005

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    Lindsay Posner's production of this Molière translation provides an evening of farce and silliness with semitragic undertones. The antihero Argan (played by Henry Goodman) is the self pitying hypochondriac of the title whose obsession with his bowels and bodily emissions allows to him fall prey to the cream of French medical quacks. Goodman plays him with insecure energy as he sits in his overlarge armchair/commode, his feet not quite reaching the ground and red clogs perched on his toes, …

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