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.

A help night will be held on Friday 27th April 2018 in the Rotherfield Village Hall at 7:30pm and auditions will take place on Sunday 29th April in the Rotherfield Memorial Institute at 1:30pm.


Director Kate Organ has given some background notes and synopsis of the play:

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.

This is very much a character driven piece, allowing every character the opportunity for satire, physical humour and fun.  In keeping with productions of the time, The Country Wife will be interspersed with 17th century songs, all of which add humour to the piece.

As well as the named parts, the production will also involve an ensemble of musicians, singers, street sellers and servants, who will be interwoven into the action and play a key role in setting the scene by mixing with and performing to the audience before the production.

There will be opportunities in the show for Junior members over the age of 11 years. However, because of the implications of touring to Lurgashall, only children with adult family members involved in the show can be considered

There are parts for seven men and seven women (minimum) plus an ensemble. For more information on the play, characters and auditions  or to simply register your interest, please contact Kate Organ at


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