The Hypochondriac | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company Presents
  • 9 Jun - 1 Jul 2018
  • $38 - $54


A new version by Hilary Bell.

An irreverent and delicious farce where the old world meets the new.

Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.

In this world premiere, Hilary Bell adapts Molière’s classic satire for  contemporary Australian audiences.



The Hypochondriac critiques a society of overdiagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals.

The Hypochondriac is an hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.

A World Premiere.

Supported by: Dominic Tayco & Darren Conlon 

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A new version by Hilary Bell.


Darren Gilshenan
Lucia Mastrantone
Emma Harvie
Gabriel Fancourt
Jamie Oxenbould
Sophie Gregg
Monica Sayers

Creative Team

Playwright & Lyricist: Hilary Bell
Director: Jo Turner
Production Designer: Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Music for Songs: Phillip Johnston
Sound Design & Additional Music: Maria Alfonsine
Stage Manager & Assistant Director: Amy Morcom
Assistant Stage Managers: Elysse Mill & Joshua Lancaster
Wardrobe Supervisor: Natalie Hughes

Produced by Darlinghurst Theatre Company

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A new version by Hilary Bell.

"This is a laugh out loud, hilarious ride that is clever, witty, intelligent and a feast for the senses. Hilary Bell’s script is a masterpiece and she truly is one of the best creative minds this country has...

Even if you are not an avid theatre goer I encourage you to purchase a ticket to The Hypochondriac and I guarantee you will be hooked and become a Darlinghurst Theatre regular." - The Symes Report

“The show has tremendous direction, pacing and phrasing by Jo Turner and the terrific cast perform with great relish…the audience really enjoyed it and the theatre was rocking with laughter.” – ArtsHub

"Performer Darren Gilshenan’s marvellous comedic presence makes him the perfect candidate for Argan; he brings to the role a rare combination of precision and raw impulse, keeping us firmly on track with the plot, but always feeling as though anything could happen... It is a thoroughly accomplished ensemble that takes the stage." –  Suzy Goes See

"If you’re sick of hibernating in the colder weather, then seeing The Hypochondriac will remedy your malady and beat those Winter blues."  - Sydney Arts Guide

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A new version by Hilary Bell.


  • Previews: Sat 9, Sun 10 & Tues 12 June 
  • Season: Thur 14 June - 1 July


  • Tue - Sat: 7.30pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Saturday Matinee: 16 & 30 June 3pm 2018


2 hours including interval



  • Standard $54
  • Concession $44
  • Groups (8+) $44
  • Industry* $38
  • Under 30* $38
  • Preview $38

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