Cromer and Partin Enter School for Wives July 8 at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ | Playbill

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News Cromer and Partin Enter School for Wives July 8 at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Molière's classic verse farce, The School for Wives, directed by Brian B. Crowe, gets a new staging beginning July 8 at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Performances in Madison, NJ, continue to July 26. Opening is July 11.

According to production notes, "In The School for Wives, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur, a pompous middle-aged bachelor is determined to mold his ward into the perfect bride — for himself! But, it is he who gets the true education when best laid plans fall prey to a determined rival suitor, a pair of inept servants, and true love."

Returning for his third season with the Shakespeare Theatre is Bruce Cromer (The Taming of the Shrew, Life of Galileo) in the role of Arnolphe, the pompous bachelor; Erin Partin returns to the Shakespeare Theatre for her ninth season as Agnes, ward to Arnolphe. Also in the cast are Shakespeare Theatre veterans Daren Kelly as Orante, Jon Barker as Horace, Kristie Dale Sanders as Georgette, Greg Jackson as Alain and Scott Whitehurst as Chrysalde.

Making his Shakespeare Theatre debut is Jim Hopkins as Enrique.

The School for Wives will be performed on the Shakespeare Theatre Main Stage – The F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Road in Madison. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (973) 408-5600, email [email protected] or visit

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