Provoked Wife Plays U.K.'s Southwark Playhouse

News   Provoked Wife Plays U.K.'s Southwark Playhouse Sir John Vanbrugh's comedy The Provoked Wife opened July 4 at the Southwark Playhouse and runs through July 26.

In this classic comedy, marriage has driven Sir John Brute to drink, debauchery and cross-dressing, but into whose arms will it drive his wife? Meanwhile, Lady Fanciful, the most affected lady who lunches in London, plots to land her neighbors in the divorce courts.

The Provoked Wife is produced by IDX Productions and directed by Paul Jepson, who recently enjoyed great critical acclaim for Bright (Soho Theatre) and Life After Life (NT Loft). Other members of the creative team include designer Jess Curtis, lighting designer Sven Ortel and sound designer Carolyn Downing.

The Provok'd Wife (1697), Vanbrugh's classic restoration comedy, features a cast of rogues, rakes, fops and ingenues running a ruthless (and hilarious) gauntlet of temptation and ruin. For this production, Vanbrugh's script has been nipped and tucked into a slick satire on modern attitudes to marriage, morality, fidelity and fashion.

The Southwark Playhouse is a small but punchy Fringe theatre that had a hit with Through the Leaves (co-starring Simon Callow), which subsequently transferred to the Duchess Theatre in the West End.