Jul
11
2012

School for Wives

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Ever wanted the perfect wife? Well, it seems you may not be alone if this adaptation of the 17th century classic is anything to go by.

The School for Wives received widespread applause when it first went to stage in 1662 at the Palais Royal theatre in Paris.

And the story of an older man desperate to control the affection of a much younger woman is as true today as it was for previous audiences.

Written by French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, who went by the stage name Moliere, the play takes a closer look at man’s unfailing ability to look for love in all the wrong places.

It tells the tale of an unconventional courtship between Arnolphe and Agnes – which makes for fantastic comedy and a remarkable insight into the frailties of the male ego – that simply won’t go to plan.

After spending years in a nunnery, the young and impressionable is sent to live with her older steward Arnolphe who has plans to marry the 17-year-old.

However Agnes’ arrival at the house of Arnolphe is accidentally intercepted by Horace (the son of one of Arnolphe’s closest friends).

Instead of bestowing all of her affection upon her male steward, the young and impressionable Agnes falls in love with Horace.

And it is this comedic train-wreck of a love story that is able to relate so well to modern theatregoers.

Under the direction of Lee Lewis, the play receives a new lease on life and builds on the success of Lewis’ previous production the Twelfth Night, while it is also adapted to the taste of contemporary audiences.

To find out more about this play, you can visit the Theatre Royal website and reserve tickets for the August 29 to September 1 production.

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