Theatreland Memorabilia

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The Country Wife

Author: William Wycherley

Productions

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 1675 and revivals up to 1766
Regent Theatre, 1924
Ambassadors Theatre, 1934
Old Vic, 1936
Stratford East, 1955
Royal Court Theatre, 1956
Chichester, 1969
National Theatre, 1977
Cambridge Theatre Company UK Tour, 1991
Swan Theatre, 1993, RSC

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
~12th January 1675

Revived a number of times until 1753 when it stopped being run due to immorality concerns.

1765
Revised version by John Lee

1766
Revised version by David Garrick

CharacterPlayed By
UnknownUnknown

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Regent Theatre
1924
Original version. Produced by the Phoenix Society.

CharacterPlayed By
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Ambassadors Theatre
1934
By Balliol Holloway.

CharacterPlayed By
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1936
By Tyrone Guthie

CharacterPlayed By
UnknownMichael Redgrave
UnknownEdith Evans
UnknownRuth Gordon

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Stratford East
1955
By Tony Richardson.

CharacterPlayed By
UnknownUnknown

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Royal Court Theatre
1956
By George Devine.

CharacterPlayed By
Mrs PinchwifeJoan Plowright

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Chichester
1969
By Robert Chetwyn

CharacterPlayed By
Mrs PinchwifeMarrgis Smith

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National Theatre
1977
By Peter Hall.

CharacterPlayed By
HornerAlbert Finney

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Cambridge Theatre Company 1991 Tour
Performed in rep with Lady Windermere's Fan at most locations
10th - 21st September 1991: Cambridge Arts Theatre (CW only)
23rd - 28th September 1991: Worthing Connaught Theatre (CW only)
30th September - 12th October 1991: Poole Arts Centre
14th - 19th October 1991: Oxford Playhouse
21st - 26th October 1991: Malvern Festival Theatre
28th October - 2nd November 1991: Warwick Arts Centre
18th - 23rd November 1991: Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal
2nd - 21st December 1991: London Lilian Baylis Theatre
Director: Mike Alfreds. Designer: Paul Dart.

CharacterPlayed By
Harry HornerNick Dunning
Quack/Dick Dorilant/
Old Lady Squeamish, Mrs Squeamish's grandmother
Peter Lindford
Sir Jasper Fidget/SparkishRobin Hooper
Lady Fidget, his wifeMagie Wells
Mrs Dainty Fidget, his sisterIrina Brook
Frank HarcourtRobert Bowman
Jack PinchwifeColin McCormack
Margery Pinchwife, his wifeMary Roscoe
Alithea, his sister, engaged to SparkishIrinia Brook
Mrs Squeamish, Sir Jasper's cousin/Lucy, Alithea's maidLorna Heilbron

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Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
First performance: 4th August 1993
First RSC production. Prologue Writer: Stephen Jeffreys. Director: Max Stafford-Clark.
Designer: Peter Hartwell. Lighting Designer: Wayne Dowdeswell. Sound: Martin Slavin.
Lyrics and Music: Ian Drury and Mickey Gallagher. Movement Director: Due Lefton.
Music Director: Michael Tubbs. Assistant Director: Alison Sutcliffe.

CharacterPlayed By
The PrologueTania Levey
Mr HornerJeremy Northam
Mr HarcourtJonathan Phillips
Mr DorilantRobert Portal
Mr PinchwifeRobin Soans
Mr SparkishSimon Dormandy
Sir Jasper FidgetDavid Delve
Mrs Margery PinchwifeDebra Gillett
Mrs AlitheaKate Duchene
My Lady FidgetAbigail McKern
Mrs Dainty FidgetJanet Dale
Mrs SqueamishAnne Lambton
Old Lady SqueamishCherry Morris
A BoyLloyd Notice
A QuackDaniel York
Lucy, Alithea's maidAlexandra Gilbreath
Other PartsCaroline Payne
Other PartsAnita Wright
Other PartsDamian Lyne
Other PartsGary Taylor
Musicians
TrumpetRobert Pritchard
ViolinGillian Spingate
GuitarDavid Carroll
SynthesizerMichael Tubbs
MarimbaJames Jones

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History of production taken from RSC 1993 programme