The Innocent Mistress

Fri 7th – Sat 15th Mar 2014

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“This dazzling drama from 1697 has all the hallmarks of great restoration comedy – colourful and profligate characters, intrigues, duplicit”

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

SUMMARY

Directed by Jenny Stephens.

Mary Pix’s play The Innocent Mistress is a scathingly comic portrait of London manners, fashions and hedonism. This dazzling drama from 1697 has all the hallmarks of great restoration comedy – colourful and profligate characters, intrigues, duplicity and misunderstandings.

Sir Charles is under the thumb of his monstrous wife, Lady Beauclair, and her drunken daughter Peggy. Meanwhile his niece is falling in love with the debauched rake Sir Francis Wildlove. Vibrant characters abound in the shape of ne’er-do-wells Cheatall, Lyewell and Spendall.

But it is the women who have the upper hand as Belinda (Sir Charles’s platonic mistress) has to try and save him from his hopeless marriage.

Set in a time of grand frocks, high fashion and scandal, The Innocent Mistress is very much a play for our time.

Tickets £15 full £10 concs.

Admission: £15(£10)

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