Bell Shakespeare has announced the full cast and creative team for its first production of 2019  —  a new version of Molière’s wickedly funny satire, The Miser.

John Bell makes his return to Bell Shakespeare to take on the title character — his first role back with the company he founded in 1990 since stepping away at the end of 2015.

Bell will be joined on stage by Michelle Doake, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Elizabeth Nabben, Sean O’Shea, Jamie Oxenbould, Russell Smith, Damien Strouthos and Jessica Tovey.

Directed by Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans, the creative team includes Designer Anna Tregloan, Lighting Designer Matt Cox, Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert, Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton, and Voice & Text Coach Jess Chambers.

The Miser is the story of Harpagon, a stingy and obnoxious money-lender who loves nothing more than his beloved cash. In this ribald comedy of manners, passion and penny-pinching go head to head as he prepares to sacrifice his own children — and his dignity — to win it all.

This new adaptation by Australian playwright Justin Fleming will explore the depths of human greed, lust and manipulation.

The Miser will play at Sydney Opera House from 2 March – 6 April 2019; Canberra Theatre Centre from 11 – 20 April 2019; and Arts Centre Melbourne from 25 April – 12 May 2019.