Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622 – 1673), known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. I knew there was a spanking scene in at least one of his plays as I had a picture from The Imaginary Invalid (the black and white shot below) and I’d heard some reports about others. So I asked Harry if he knew anything about this subject and received the following typically brilliant response:
“The three Moliere plays in which I can securely document spankings are as follows:
Le Malade Imaginaire (The Hypochondriac/The Imaginary Invalid), which was his last play. In the course of the action, Argan, the hypochondriac of the title, decides he is going to chastise his daughter Louison.
She gets into position, but pretends to have died of fright and so evades punishment (or, preferably, has it cut short).
This is usually done as caning rather than spanking, with the girl bent over, but there is a sort of OTK version in this German production of 1999:
This is a video of another one in the same vein, but obviously very much better is the 2010 Australian student production at Rosny College!!
And this one wins the prize for cuteness!
Le Medecin Malgre Lui (The Doctor In Spite of Himself) is an earlier comedy. The first scene features Sganarelle the woodcutter and his wife Martine, who scolds him all the time until finally he takes a stick to her. In a 2009 US student production, this was done in the manner we best enjoy; the attractive photo was used on the college’s website to publicize the show.
But (IMO) the best of the lot is the spanking scene in this 2005 Italian production of Moliere’s penultimate play, Les Femmes Savantes, (The Learned Ladies) also known as Le Intellettuali.
I’ve had the above shot for a while but have only just found it in good quality.
The spanking seems to be an interpolation into the production, directed by Arture Cirillo: the characters are Clitandre (Michelangelo Dalisi) and Amanda (Monica Piseddu, below) and the production toured Italy for two and a half years before closing, with the same cast throughout at least as far as the spanking is concerned.
This shot comes from a 2007 performance which I think may show understudies.
A feature of the production was the absurdly elaborate wigs the characters wore.
But when Amanda is spanked, her wig is off: it’s a bit like raising a girl’s skirt to spank her on her panties, revealing her in deshabille. (No doubt we would all like it if he raised her skirt too, but you get the point…)
A further selection of Le Medecin Malgre Lui pictures.