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Susannah Fielding   Lex Shrapnel

The Country Wife

By William Wycherley 

Minerva Theatre

Overview

 

Oodles of infectious comic vitality

Daily Telegraph
 

Susannah Fielding is fantastic in this seriously funny restoration comedy

Sunday Times

The City of London. The randy seventeenth century. Harry Horner wants to seduce as many women as possible, but he needs to convince their husbands that he’s physically incapable of any such thing. Cannily, his faux impotence also allows him to sniff out and unmask those respectably virtuous ladies who secretly ache for him. 

But this virile villain hasn’t reckoned with Mr. Pinchwife’s sexy young spouse Margery, fresh from the rather too plain-speaking countryside.

Widely regarded as one of the filthiest and funniest plays ever written, William Wycherley’s The Country Wife has outraged and excited audiences for over 300 years (though not during the many years it was banned from both stage and print) and today still casts a provocative light on sexual mores.

Jonathan Munby returns to Chichester following his huge success with King Lear (Festival 2017, West End 2018) and First Light (Festival 2016). Recent work also includes his new production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen in the West End.

Susannah Fielding makes her Chichester debut as Margery Pinchwife; her theatre work includes The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (RSC).

Lex Shrapnel played Romeo at Chichester in 2002; his credits include Hotspur in Henry IV for the RSC (Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award nomination), and TV's Minder.

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Reviews

 

Susannah Fielding is fantastic in this seriously funny revival of the snarling Restoration comedy.

Sunday Times
 

Oodles of infectious comic vitality. Susannah Fielding is gorgeous.

The Telegraph

Lex Shrapnel excels as the lounge lizard Horner

The Times

A stylish update

Stage

The excellent cast bring out Wycherley’s supremely funny text

WhatsOnStage

A brilliantly bawdy breathless romp. Lex Shrapnel is excellent as Horner and Margery Pinchwife is exquisitely portrayed by the rather exceptional Susannah Fielding.

Chichester News

A superb performance from Susannah Fielding as the country wife, she is a delight to watch. Lex Shrapnel is excellent as Horner.

Chichester Observer

Cast & Creatives

Cast

Susannah Fielding

Margery Pinchwife

Lex Shrapnel

Horner

Michael Elwyn

Sir Jasper Fidget

Jo Herbert

Alithea

John Hodgkinson

Pinchwife

Scott Karim

Sparkish

Tom Kanji

A Quack

Belinda Lang

Lady Fidget

Harry Lawtey

Dorilant

Natasha Magigi

Mrs Squeamish

Charlotte Mills

Lucy

Jack North

A Boy

Robin Weaver

Dainty Fidget

Ashley Zhangazha

Harcourt

Creative Team

Jonathan Munby

Director

Soutra Gilmour

Designer

Richard Howell

Lighting Designer

Grant Olding

Music

Emma Laxton

Sound Designer

Amy Ball

Casting Director

Gallery

Running Time
2 hours and 50 minutes including the interval