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The Country Wife

The Country Wife

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Overview


Synopsis

A great and funny comedy of the Restoration, The Country Wife tells the story of Horner, a notorious and lascivious man-about-town and his ingenious scheme for the rampant and mass seduction of the women of London society. By spreading the false rumor of his own impotence, he gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and, more importantly, free access to their wives. Meanwhile the newly-married Pinchwife desperately attempts to keep his naïve country bride from the clutches of predatory London bachelors. When she and Horner meet, events spiral out of his control.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
5 Acts
First Produced
1675
Genres
Comedy
Time & Place
Cast Size
large
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult characters

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