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DetailsThe Custom of the Country
is a Jacobean stage play, a tragicomedy written by John Fletcher ca. 1619-23. Famed for its bawdiness, this vigorous and enjoyable play traces the fortunes of two brothers shipwrecked in a foreign land. It is by turns poignant and risquÃ©, sentimental and satirical within a beautifully crafted plot. Count Clodio is an Italian governor who claims the traditional right of droit de seigneur ('the custom of the country'); he is also the suitor of Zenocia. Against her father Charino's advice, Zenocia prefers Arnoldo, a young man travelling with his older brother Rutilio. Arnoldo and Zenocia marry, and resist Clodio's attempt to claim his "right" with Zenocia. They escape with Clodio in hot pursuit. Reaching the seacoast, the three young people are waylaid by Leopold, the captain of a Portuguese vessel. The two young men escape by swimming to shore, but Zenocia falls into Leopold's clutches..Performers Giles Roberts (Arnoldo), Mark Weller (Rutillio), Annabel Bates (Zenocia), Neil Jennings (Charino/Officer), John-Christian Bateman (Count Clodio), Mark Wainwright (Manuel de Sosa), Karen McCaffrey (Guiomar), Paul Jellis (Duarte), Peter James (Alonzo/Jaques/Bravo/Doctor/Sailor), Steven Sheridan (Leopold), Katie Hayes (Hippolyta), Mario Christofides (Zabulon/Page), Denise Heinrich-Lane (Sulpitia).
Author John Fletcher. Producer Michael Kingsbury. Producer Chris Loveless. Company Fallen Angel Theatre Company. Director Chris Loveless. Director Carrie Fewins (assistant). Design Anna Finch. Lighting Cristina de la Paz. Other Dani Prados (stage manager).
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