Or Virtue in Danger
, Vanbrugh's first play (1696). A tale of two marriages, one about to fail and the other about to start. Restoration comedy at its best. Lord Foppington, who has recently bought his peerage, arranges to marry a wealthy country heiress to go with it. But before he can meet her, his younger brother arrives on the scene pretending to be him. Meanwhile, Loveless, a reformed philanderer, arrives in London from the country with his loyal wife Amanda, and they find themselves swept up the intrigues of their friends, Berinthia and Worth. Running time 3 hours 15 minutesPerformers Brian Blessed, Paul Bradley, Alex Jennings (Foppington), Maxine Peake, Paul Benzing, John Burgess, Mark Carey, Elaine Claxton, Elizabeth Conboy, Raymond Coulthard, Branwell Donaghey, Janine Duvitski, Peter Eastland, James Hayes, Adrian Lukis, Ian McLarnon, Andrea Mason, Bill Moody, Edward Petherbridge, Claire Price, Nicholas Prideaux, James Purefoy, Daniel Roberts, Nick Sampson, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Wimpenny.
Author John Vanbrugh. Producer Royal National Theatre. Director Trevor Nunn. Director Stephen Rayne. Design Sue Blane. Lighting Paul Pyant. Music Steven Edis. Choreographer David Bolger. Director Malcolm Ranson (fight). Sound Colin Pink.