Marooned Theatre’s contemporary reimagining of John Vanbrugh’s 1697 Restoration comedy, The Provoked Wife, moves into Islington’s Hope Theatre next month after a sell-out season at the White Bear Theatre earlier this summer. In this morning’s blog, director Hannah Bolland Moore explained how and why she youthened the characters and reset the action at a modern music festival. Now it’s time to meet the characters in this series of video introductions from the cast.
This is Restoration for a new generation… 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.
The cast features Sophie Alexandar (as Mademoiselle), Claudia Campbell (Belinda), Conor Cook (Lovewell), Meg Coombs (Lady Brute), Tim Gibson (Heartfree), Will Hearle (Constant), Will Kelly (Sir John Brute) and Jessie Lilley (Lady Fanciful).
The Provoked Wife runs at the Hope Theatre from 5 to 23 September 2017 only.