The Country Wife is a restoration comedy, written in 1675 by William Wycherley. Here performed by the in-house company at Ealing’s Questors Theatre, it proved a well acted and highly amusing evening.
Womaniser Horner has come up with a plan to seduce even more society ladies: he gets his doctor to put about the rumour that he caught the pox in France and has been rendered impotent. Thought of as little more than a eunuch, he is permitted to spend time alone with the wives of unsuspecting gentlemen, until the naive honesty of young Margery Pinchwife, the “country wife” of the title, threatens to put a spanner in the works.
This is a funny, saucy, witty play, admirably performed by all involved. I loved the little touches like the musicians playing “theme tunes” as various characters entered. Great fun.