the provoked wife

writer: JOHN VANBRUGH / director: HANNAH BOLAND MOORE
5 - 23 Sept
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat only. No shows Sun & Mon.

“Marriage is a slippery thing…”

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. Vanbrugh’s 1697 comedy is relocated to a modern music festival in where revellers drink, dance and get up to mischief.

The Provoked Wife comes to The Hope Theatre after a sell-out summer run. This is Restoration for a new generation.

Praise for Marooned Theatre’s The Provoked Wife: 

“This show leads with the front foot, zestfully attacking and relishing the language, and making its humour and humanity seem thrillingly of the moment. An absolute delight to watch.” – Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe

Press on Marooned Theatre:

★★★★ “Engaging, visceral and aggressive… Tackled with sensitivity and intelligence.” Everything Theatre
★★★★ “Masterfully well observed.” Views from the Gods

 Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 2 hours including an interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided. 

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booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)