The Miser graphics
Harpagon, a rich widower miser, rules his house with a meanness which is legendary in Paris. He suspects everyone of trying to steal his wealth so he constantly checks his grounds where he has buried a large sum of money in a strongbox. He marginalise and dominates his children his grown children Cleante and Elise. Harpagon schemes with the matchmaker Frosine to marry of his children wealthy suitors while also arranging a lustful marriage to the young Marianne. Father and son have designs on the same woman so they become rivals in love. Elise desires to marry the penniless servant Valare. Through a staged robbery the children take control of their own destinies forcing their father to give up his plans for their weddings in return for the return of his cashbox. Anselme arrives at the last moment to reveal the truth about Marianne and Valare's proper place in society while Harpagon slinks off with his money restored.
Harpagon's home is depicted as a large strongbox. At the start of the play Harpagon unlocks this safe to reveal an opulent but dilapidated interior. This is designed as a false perspective which adds to the illusion of grandeur while permitting comic distortion of human scale as the actors advance upstage through the space. A new crumbling proscenium is built to bring the dilapidation into the audience.