The origin of his wealth is unclear and it arouses suspicions. Nobody thinks highly of him but each of them needs his money. He suspects everybody of fraud, theft and embezzlement but he himself is able to deceive and rob them. He appreciates no values other than monetary ones but his surroundings have rapidly accepted his system of values. This is the Miser and his world. Fortunately, it is only a play for us. And it takes place behind nine kinds of mountains somewhere in a capitalistic foreign land. Besides, the author wrote this play three centuries ago. We can just laugh at all of this.
(by Michal Dočekal)
Harpagon knows how to accumulate money in every possible way, hard loansharking and self-privation. His children want to live life and make good use of it, but not without the money which should be - as they see it - given to them by somebody. These different, even opposing notions of life inevitably give rise to conflict. Love and money are at stake. And in the world created by the French poet centuries ago it could be even said that "money is at stake only in the first place".
(by Daria Ullrichová)