Being Arnolphe

Richard Ings as Arnolphe

Richard Ings as Arnolphe in L’Ecole des femmes (photo: (c) David Sprecher 2013)

I very recently finished playing the lead role of Arnolphe in a French-language production of Molière’s L’Ecole des femmes. A successful and satisfying show for me, inspired as I was by the energy displayed by Mark Rylance in his exceptional performance as Rooster in Jes Butterworth’s Jerusalem. I remember being knocked out when I found out that, as well as having to perform the nearly 3-hour show, in which he was barely off-stage for more than a minute or two, every night other than Monday, and sometimes twice a day, he even stepped up to play in an understudy performance.

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