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The London Cuckholds (Byrne)

John Byrne, Edward Ravenscroft

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 11m

John Byrne's adaptation of Ravenscroft's 17th century classic.

The London Cuckholds (Byrne)

by  John Byrne Edward Ravenscroft

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 11m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
Edward Ravenscroft, the Feydeau of Restoration drama, wrote The London Cuckholds in 1681 and it was played fairly regularly despite some censure. John Byrne's new adaptation, seen in Leicester and at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 1985, allows Ravenscroft's Rabelaisian wit to be sophisticated and polished rather than crudely vulgar. 

Doodle and Dashwell, aldermen with young wives, argue about the qualities in a woman that make for the most secure marriage, each feeling that his reputation is safe with his own wife's attributes of wit and godliness, respectively. Before long they find themselves cuckholded, not once, but several times!

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 17th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4f, 11m
Cast Attributes
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Author

John Byrne

Author

Edward Ravenscroft

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