“Marriage is a slippery thing…”
There’s a major update for John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy, The Provoked Wife, which transfers to Islington’s Hope Theatre this September following a successful run at The White Bear.
Vanbrugh’s 1697 comedy is relocated to a modern music festival where revellers drink, dance and get up to mischief.
Sir John Brute has only been married two years and he’s already sick of it. Nothing but drinking can ease the burden.
The marriage is equally tedious for his wife, Lady Brute. Temptation arrives in the form of a young man and Lady Brute decides to liven up her love life.
But when the scheming Lady Fanciful gets wind of it, she means to expose the scandal no matter the cost.
Champagne is popped and secret loves revealed, but whether all will end happily is anyone’s guess.
This is Restoration for a new generation.
The Provoked Wife stars Sophie Alexandar, Claudia Campbell, Conor Cook, Meg Coombs, Tim Gibson, Will Hearle, Will Kelly and Jessie Lilley. The production, staged by Marooned Theatre, is directed by Hannah Boland Moore.
The show runs at The Hope Theatre from September 5 – 23.