The Rover

Thu 28th – Sat 30th Jun 2012

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“"Whatever extravagances we commit in maskers' faces, our own may not be obliged to answer them."”

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

SUMMARY

THE ROVER

by APHRA BEHN

Directed by Kim Durham

SEX + SWORDFIGHTING might well have been the pitch had Hollywood been around when Agent 160, aka Aphra Behn, penned her wild, swashbuckling comedy in 1677.

The monarchy restored, the Cavaliers returned and Aphra Behn finds time, between being a spy for the Crown in Holland, being an inmate of a debtor’s prison and (possibly) being the mistress of James II, to storm the Restoration stage with this triumphant crowd pleaser.

Set back in the years before the Restoration, we meet a roving band of exiled Cavaliers intent on a drink-fuelled weekend of debauchery at a Spanish Carnival. Equally out for adventure, we find three Spanish sisters, masked and dangerous. Who will be pursued? Who will be the pursuers? Wit, ribaldry, mistaken identities, romance and frayed tempers ensue.

“Whatever extravagances we commit in maskers' faces, our own may not be obliged to answer them.”

Admission: Free

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