(from France24, 6/17.)

In this edition we focus on France’s foremost playwright. Molière’s witticisms and deft handling of the French language still dazzle, four centuries after he was born. To celebrate the author’s link to the court of Louis XIV, the town of Versailles has been hosting a month of special events and performances for 26 years. Olivia Salazar-Winspear, Gerôme Vassilacos and Loïc Chalavon head to Versailles to meet the young troupe breathing new life into Molière’s plays.

We also get a glimpse of the renovations of the apartments of Louis XV’s favourite mistress, as Madame du Barry’s lodgings are restored to their former gilded glory.

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