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The Provoked Wife archiveOr the Provok'd Wife, written in 1697. The young and beautiful Lady Brute is married to the boorish Sir John. Both married for their own ends - she for his money and he to get her into bed. The result is a most miserable match, driving him to drink and her to thoughts of infidelity. Encouraged by her niece, Belinda, and tirelessly pursued by Constant, her would-be lover, Lady Brute is torn between her conscience and her desire. Meanwhile, Constant's best friend, the cynical Heartfree, is forced to question his lifelong aversion to love. Things leap from one crisis, to another with the interference of the vain Lady Fancyfull and her meddling French maid, Mademoiselle. Plot and cross-plot delightfully collide in this classic comedy of the sexes.

Author John Vanbrugh.

Archive listings for The Provoked Wife

Work type: Play.


Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Phillip Breen. Design Mark Bailey. Lighting Tina MacHugh. Director Renny Krupinski (fights). Music Paddy Cunneen. Director Ayse Tashkiran (movement). Sound Dyfan Jones. Performer Caroline Quentin (Lady Fanciful). Performer Alexandra Gilbreath (Lady Brute). Performer Jonathan Slinger (Sir John Brute). Performer Isabel Adomakoh Young (Cornet). Performer Pete Ashmore (Servant/Porter). Performer Les Dennis (Colonel Bully). Performer Natalie Dew (Bellinda). Performer Polly Edsell (Lovewell). Performer Kevin N Golding (Justice). Performer Alison Halstead (Constable). Performer John Hodgkinson (Heartfree). Performer Rufus Hound (Constant). Performer Nickcolia King-N'Da (Tailor). Performer Steve Nicolson (Rasor). Performer Carl Prekopp (Lord Rake). Performer Ben Roddy (Servant/Watch). Performer Rosalind Steele (Pipe). Performer Sarah Twomey (Mademoiselle). Performer Toby Webster (Treble).
2 May 19 to 7 Sep 19Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L0938578044


Company Marooned Theatre. Director Hannah Boland Moore. Producer Anita Creed (for Marooned Theatre). Performer Sophie Alexandar (Mademoiselle). Performer Claudia Campbell (Belinda). Performer Conor Cook (Lovewell). Performer Meg Coombs (Lady Brute). Performer Tim Gibson (Heartfree). Performer Wil Hearle (Constant). Performer Will Kelly (Sir John Brute). Performer Jessie Lilley (Lady Fanciful).
5 Sep 17 to 23 Sep 17The Hope Theatre, Inner London :: V0719079091
listing details L01121395576
13 Jun 17 to 17 Jun 17White Bear, Inner London :: V256
listing details L02126251448


Producer Perfect mAYhem. Adapted by Perfect mAYhem. Director Joss Bennathan. Design Charlotte Espiner. Costume Charlotte Espiner. Lighting Richard Williamson. Performer John Dorney (Sir John Brute). Performer Joan Walker (Lady Fancyfull). Performer Laura Corbett (Lady Brute). Performer Jamie Hitchins (Constant). Performer Oliver King (Cornet). Performer Joshua Manning (Rasor). Performer Provence Maydew (Madamoiselle). Performer Sam Nicoll (Heartfree). Performer Fleur Shepherd (Bellinda).
12 Oct 11 to 6 Nov 11Greenwich Playhouse, Outer London :: V1286
listing details L0197017568


Director Rebekah Fortune. Performer Camarilla Theatre.
4 Mar 08 to 30 Mar 08Courtyard Theatre, Inner London :: V184
listing details L0316893936


Fund Raising Gala July 9th. WebsiteProducer IDX Productions. Director Paul Jepson. Design Jess Curtis. Lighting Sven Ortel. Sound Carolyn Downing. Performer Jane Galloway. Performer Iona Grant. Performer Mike Hayley. Performer Edward MacLiam. Performer David Marshallsea. Performer Simon Merrells. Performer Estelle Morgan. Performer Jane Robbins.
1 Jul 03 to 26 Jul 03Southwark Playhouse, Inner London :: V226
listing details L2137842373


Company Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Director James Reynard. Design JM Fox. Costume Jayne Lloyd. Performer James Raynard. Performer Jayne Lloyd. Performer David Middleton. Performer Brian Knight. Performer Edmund Harcourt. Performer Amanda Beckman. Performer Beth Cooper. Performer Imogen Dobbs. Performer Pippa Meekings.
23 Jul 03Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham :: V89
listing details L1012055561
12 Jun 03General, General :: V585851148
listing details L1611830245

Cancelled - T69254107

23 Mar 01 to 14 Apr 01Forum Studio Theatre (formerly the Chester Gateway), Chester :: V468
listing details L859283027


Company Arc Youth Theatre.
7 Jul 00 to 8 Jul 00ARC, Stockton-on-Tees :: V01950064742
listing details L1985923350


Company Mercury Theatre Company. Director Dee Evans. Director Matthew Smith. Design Tim Meacock. Music Matthew Bugg. Director Richard Ryan (fight). Lighting Spraggett. Performer Gregory Floy (Sir John Brute). Performer Sasha Behar. Performer Tony Casement. Performer Ian Kirkby. Performer Justin Gratton. Performer Christine Absalom. Performer Ignatius Anthony. Performer Natasha Buckley. Performer Miranda Floy. Performer Emma Gregory.
4 May 00 to 20 May 00Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
listing details L01150763787


Company Peter Hall Company. Performer Victoria Hamilton. Performer Michael Pennington.
28 Jun 97 to 6 Dec 97Old Vic Theatre, West End :: V402
listing details L475817314

Other listings

21 Mar 01 to 24 Mar 01Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon :: V793
listing details L0224684301
26 Apr 97Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L01005137566
24 Apr 97 to 3 May 97The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
listing details L2061268949

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