The Country Wife - by William Wycherley - NEW BBC Radio Drama Production - cheops
Considered too obscene to be staged in its original form for nearly 200 years, William Wycherley's raunchy Restoration comedy tells the tale of Mr Horner - a notorious rake who spreads the false rumour that he is impotent in order to gain free access to other men's wives.
"The Country Wife is a Restoration comedy written in 1675 by William Wycherley. A product of the tolerant early Restoration period, the play reflects an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and was controversial for its sexual explicitness even in its own time. Even its title contains a lewd pun. It is based on several plays by Molière, with added features that 1670s London audiences demanded: colloquial prose dialogue in place of Molière's verse, a complicated, fast-paced plot tangle, and many sex jokes. It turns on two indelicate plot devices: a rake's trick of pretending impotence in order to safely have clandestine affairs with married women, and the arrival in London of an inexperienced young "country wife", with her discovery of the joys of town life, especially the fascinating London men.
The scandalous trick and the frank language have for much of the play's history kept it off the stage and out of print. Between 1753 and 1924, The Country Wife was considered too outrageous to be performed at all and was replaced on the stage by David Garrick's cleaned-up and bland version The Country Girl, now a forgotten curiosity. The original play is again a stage favourite today, and is also acclaimed by academic critics, who praise its linguistic energy, sharp social satire, and openness to different interpretations..."
One episode of two hours and fifteen minutes.
Horner ...... Ben Miller
Pinchwife ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Mrs Margery Pinchwife ...... Clare Corbett
Sir Jasper Fidget ...... Nigel Anthony
Lady Fidget ...... Celia Imrie
Harcourt ...... Jonathan Keeble
Alithea ...... Rachel Atkins
Sparkish ...... Mark Williams
Dorilant ...... Dale Rapley
Mrs Dainty Fidget ...... Sara Markland
Mrs Squeamish ...... Joan Walker
Old Lady Squeamish ...... Elizabeth Morgan
Lucy ...... Emma Kilbey
Quack ...... John Evitts
Boy ...... James Joyce
Adapted and directed by David Blount.
First broadcast on 13 Apr 2008 on BBC Radio 3.
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