Restoration Comedy at Greenwich Playhouse

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Tamsin Lewis
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Restoration Comedy at Greenwich Playhouse

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The City Wives Confederacy

by John Vanbrugh
presented by the Lions part in association with Fresh Glory
directed by Sonia Ritter with Kali Peacock
music arranged by Tamsin Lewis

DATES 9 December 2008 – 18 January 2009
(no performances on 24-29, 31 Dec, 1-5 Jan)
Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm
PRESS NIGHT Thurs, 11 December 2008 @ 7.30pm
TICKETS £12, £10 (concs)
BOX OFFICE 0208 858 9256
Greenwich Station Forecourt,
London SE10 8JA

the Lions part is delighted to announce their first full-scale London
theatre production since the highly acclaimed Lilies On The Land in

First performed in London in 1705, THE CITY WIVES' CONFEDERACY mixes
an elegant comedy of manners with a feisty touch of farce. This is a
world of want and desire, where the men are all rogues and the women
are no better than they ought to be.

A biting critique of marriage, money, make-up and missing diamonds in
the outrageous soap-opera world of Restoration London.

"I always know what I lack, and I'm never pleased with what I have"

City brokers Gripe and Moneytrap lust after each other's wives.
Their bored trophy wives lust after more money.
A bogus gold-digging colonel has his eye on Gripe's daughter.
The servants have their eye on the main chance.
Some things just never change…

"the want of a thing is bad enough, but the possession of it
is intolerable!"

This is a fantastic opportunity to see such a funny yet rarely
performed restoration comedy in an intimate small-scale venue.

A London boy who lived in Greenwich's Maze Hill for much of his adult
life, Vanbrugh led the kind of life today's biographers would fight
over. After spells in India and the army, as well as five years in
the Bastille (because he couldn't prove he wasn't Dutch), Vanbrugh
took the theatrical world by storm and wrote some of the funniest,
rudest and most influential plays of the time.

After losing money on the Haymarket Opera House, he turned to
architecture in his thirties and his theatrical extravagance created
some of Britain's most opulent Baroque houses, including Castle
Howard and Blenheim Palace.

With everything he did Vanbrugh challenged the accepted views of his
time, and just like his architecture his writing is confidently
daring, bold and controversial. The City Wives' Confederacy is his
last play and one that has more in common with the snappy city
comedies of Middleton and Dekker than with those of his

If you've seen enough pantos to last a lifetime...
if you're a regular theatre-goer who loves classic drama...
or if you prefer Footballers' Wives...
...this is the Christmas Show for you!

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One of the odd moments when I regret no longer living in London...
"Give me a tent and a kettle
Snowshoes and axe and gun
Send me up in Grand River
Steering by star and sun".
- Labrador Trapper's Song

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steve stanley wrote:One of the odd moments when I regret no longer living in London...
Just had the same thought, and it's normal a long time between them
Duck the arrows are coming!

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