The Country Wife
by William Wycherley

William Wycherley - The Country Wife

BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3

Broadcast: Sunday 13th April 2008 @ 8:00 p.m.

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, the randy Restoration rake who devises an ingenious scheme for ruthlessly seducing the women of London society. By spreading the false rumour that he is impotent (following a bungled treatment for venereal disease), he gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and crucially free access to their wives.

Meanwhile, the newly married Pinchwife, who has not heard the news of Horner's unfortunate condition, desperately attempts to keep his nave country bride from discovering the many and varied pleasures of London life. When she and Horner meet, events spiral out of his control...

Adapted for radio by David Blount from the 1675 Restoration comedy "The Country Wife" by William Wycherley, a mordant satire of a sexually and financially rapacious society.

With Ben Miller [Mr. Horner], Geoffrey Whitehead [Mr. Pinchwife], Clare Corbett [Mrs. Margery Pinchwife, the Country Wife], Nigel Anthony [Sir Jasper Fidget], Celia Imrie [Lady Fidget], Jonathan Keeble [Mr. Harcourt], Rachel Atkins [Alithea, Sister of Pinchwife], Mark Williams [Mr. Sparkish], Dale Rapley [Mr. Dorilant], Sara Markland [Mrs. Dainty Fidget, Sister of Sir Jasper], Joan Walker [Mrs. Squeamish], Elizabeth Morgan [Old Lady Squeamish], Emma Kilbey [Lucy], John Evitts [A Quack], and James Joyce [A Boy].

Music for this production has been specially composed by Stephen Warbeck and performed by Nick Cooper, Anna Hemery and Susie Shrubb.

Directed by David Blount.

140 min.


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