John puts a Sheen on French farce at Minack

In July, the Minack Theatre will see why the name Sheen is synonymous with theatre at its very best. John Sheen, father of musical theatre star Caroline Sheen and uncle of award-winning actor Michael Sheen, brings his years of expertise to directing the classic Molière farce ‘The Hypochondriac’, which has been updated by legendary Liverpool poet Roger McGough.

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac'

Hypochondriac Argan (Richard Dymond) is outwitted by his wily maid Toinette (Claudia Barnes)

“This modern take on Molière’s very funny comedy is a lavish costume romp packed with fakes – a wealthy hypochondriac who pretends to be dead, a wife who pretends to love her husband and doctors who pretend to understand medicine,” said John.

“I think we’ve concocted the perfect remedy for all the doom and gloom that’s around these days.”

Newport Playgoers present 'The Hypochondriac'

Argan (Richard Dymond) is keen to marry off his daughter Angelique (Rachel Fenwick) to a doctor – even when he’s an idiot like Thomas (Ryan Salter)

The play, which was a great success during its run at the Dolman Theatre in Newport, features several members of Playgoers who have proved a hit with Minack audiences in previous years: Richard Dymond as the eponymous Argan, Claudia Barnes as the scheming maid Toinette, Caroline Drewett-Mansell as Beline, Argan’s gold-digging wife, Rachel Fenwick as his daughter Angelique who is pursued by foppish suitor Thomas, played by Ryan Salter and the man she loves, Cleante, played by Kevin Myers.

Two years ago, Newport Playgoers enjoyed enormous success at Minack with another Molière play, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, and they are hoping for a repeat performance – and good weather.

‘The Hypochondriac’ by Roger McGough is at the Minack Theatre from 9th – 13th July. For more information phone 01633 263670 or visit or

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