A Brief History of Women

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 3m

A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



A Brief History of Woman  charts the life of Anthony Spates: from his first job as an adolescent footman at a country manor house through to his retirement as manager of the hotel the manor house became. Over the course of six decades, the play follows him and the remarkable women he has loved, left and lost over the years.

A Brief History of Woman premiered in September 2017 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


"There’s a lot of loss and longing in this journey, but the play’s elegiac, reflective tone proves both moving and liberating as it reaches an ending of haunting beauty." - The Stage

"...he is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life's vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity." - York Press


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