The Country Wife

CountryWifePreparations for our Summer outdoor production of The Country Wife by William Wycherley are in hand.  The performance dates are 26th – 28th July outside the King’s Arms, Rotherfield and 2nd – 4th August at the Noah’s Ark in Lurgashall, West Sussex.

The Country Wife is a Restoration Comedy written in 1675 by William Wycherley.  Even at that time it was controversial for its sexual explicitness.  The play involves three plots: a rake’s trick of pretending impotent, thus allowing him to have clandestine affairs with married women; the arrival in London of an inexperienced young “country wife” who then discovers the “joys” of town life;  then there is a courtship love triangle showing the good natured side of society.

Because of the nature and language of the play it was kept off the stage and out of print for many years.  Between 1753 and 1924 it was considered too outrageous to perform.  However, there was a popular revival in the first half of the 20th century and it is now praised by critics for its sharp social satire looking at the dynamics of marriage, the power that men hold in society and the treatment of women.  This would seem relevant to today’s audiences.

Cast List

Character Name
•      Mr Horner •      Barry Shyvers
•      Mr Harcourt •      Larry Robinson
•      Mr Dorilant •     
•      Sir Jasper Fidget •      David Adams
•      Mr Sparkish •      Rob Darling
•      Mr Pinchwife •      Robert Chesterton
•      Quack •      Bob Broad
•      Boy •      Scott Boorman
•      Lady Fidget •      Becky Syms
•      Mrs Squeamish •      Kate Awcock
•      Mrs Dainty Fidget •      Emma Harrison
•      Alithea •      Louise Coe
•      Margery Pinchwife •      Heather Campbell
•      Old Lady Squeamish •      Alison Organ
•      Lucy •      Ros Williams
•      Pre-Show Singers •      Sarah Boorman
•      Kate Awcock
•      Louise Coe
•      Barry Shyvers
•      Ensemble •      Sarah Boorman: ‘Clasp’ (Song Seller) & Margery’s Maid
•      Alison Organ: Street Seller & Maid
•      Ros Williams: Street Seller & Lucy
•      Andy Miller: Street Seller, Man Servant & Parson
•      Bob Broad: ‘Torch’ / Manservant & Street Seller
•      Derek Holland: Dentist / Barber & Manservant

These are the music files for "Come Come let us drink. The PDf contains the words and notes whilst the following sound file can be played on your computer:

Come_Come_Let_Us_Drink_Treble This is the PDF

Come, Come Let Us Drink Treble This is the music. Quite big so it might take a little while to download.

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