The Provoked Wife, June 20-22 2014


PosterLady Brute and Sir John have been married for two years. To him, it feels like a lifetime. To her, a life sentence. But will she accept the advances of a potential lover? John Vanbrugh’s hilarious play takes a witty look at marriage, courtship and temptation. From the drunken antics of the ale-house to the heart of fashionable London, this is a production not to be missed.The Provoked Wife will run 20-22 June at 7:30pm at the Theatre, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Heslington East Campus, University of York.

Tickets are priced at £10, £5 concessions (student, 60+) and are available via the University of York Store. (Purchased tickets can be collected on the door at the performance).

The Stage is a glass for the world to view itself in.  People ought to see themselves as they are.  If it makes their faces too fair, they won’t know they are dirty, and by consequence will neglect to wash them.

– John Vanbrugh, A Short Vindication of ‘The Relapse’ and ‘The Provoked Wife’ from Immorality and Profaneness

Restoration Comedy on the Modern Stage – in conversation with Michael Billington

foi_Michael BillingtonOn Friday 20 June at 5:45pm we welcome the UK’s leading theatre critic, Michael Billington, to discuss ‘Restoration Comedy on the Modern Stage’ with director Michael Cordner.

Michael and Michael’s conversation on ‘Jacobean Theatre Now‘ was a highlight of the 2013 Festival of Ideas, and we are delighted that Michael Billington is able to return this year.

Michael Billington is the UK’s longest established and leading theatre critic. He writes for The Guardian and is also the author of a celebrated biography of Harold Pinter.
Michael Cordner is a world authority on Restoration Comedy and has directed numerous productions of Renaissance and Restoration plays at the University of York. Recent shows include John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan, and Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters! 

This is a free, ticketed event. To book please visit the University of York Store. (Purchased tickets can be collected on the door).

Past productions at York

The Provoked Wife will be the fourth annual summer production since the Department of Theatre, Film and Television moved to its new facilities on Heslington East Campus in September 2010. As with the past three shows, The Provoked Wife will be staged in the department’s 200-seat Scenic Stage Theatre, whose design is based on the Sheffield Crucible.

In June 2011, Michael Cordner directed a student cast in Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean masterpiece, A Mad World, My Masters!, the film of which can now be watched online.

A Mad World, My Masters!

In June 2012, Tom Wright directed students in Alan Ayckbourn Shorts, a series of short plays and comic sketches taken from scripts held in Storey Collection at the Borthwick Archives.

Alan Ayckbourn Shorts

In June 2013, Michael Cordner directed John Marston’s Jacobean city comedy, The Dutch Courtesan, the film of which can now be watched online.

The Dutch Courtesan