Le Docteur amoureux



  • The farce by Molière that proved the turning point of his career. Molière's troupe presented the partly improvised piece to the 20-year-old King Louis XIV in 1658, following a performance of Corneille's solemnNicomède. Molière introduced the surprise offering as one of the little pieces that had earned him some reputation in the provinces. The performance had the king crying with laughter and led to the company's adoption by his brother, Phillippe, later duc d'Orléans. The king allowed the troupe to establish itself in Paris and move into the Théâtre du Petit-Bourbon.