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The Imaginary Invalid

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The Imaginary Invalid or The Hypochondriac (French title Le malade imaginaire, [lə malad imaʒinɛːʁ]) is a three-act comédie-ballet by the French playwright Molière with dance sequences and musical interludes (H.495, H.495 a, H.495 b) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It premiered on 10 February 1673 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris and was originally choreographed by Pierre Beauchamp.Molière had fallen out with the powerful court composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, with whom he had pioneered the comédie-ballet form a decade earlier, and had opted for the collaboration with Charpentier. Le malade imaginaire was Molière's last work. He collapsed during his fourth performance as Argan on 17 February and died soon after.
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original title: Le Malade imaginaire
language: French, Welsh
date of publication: 1673
genre: comédie-ballet
characters: Thomas Diafoirus, Argan, Béline, Angélique, Louison, Béralde, Cléante, Mr. Diafoirus, Mr. Purgon, Mr. Fleurant, Mr. de Bonnefoi, Toinette

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