The play is the
tale of a prospective husband's obsessive fear of betrayal and his idea for the
perfect spouse - young, attractive, not too intelligent, and, best of all programmed
never, ever to look at anyone else.
Set in the South of France where the
men are handsome, the women beautiful and eyes tend to rove - the play centres
on Arnolphe, a middle-aged man.
After a lifetime admiring womankind, he
has arrived at the conclusion that the best way to stop a wife cheating on her
husband is extreme ignorance.
He comes up with the monstrous idea that
to create this person, no girl should know anything except how to be the perfect
housewife, and be loving and completely devoted to her husband.
his future wife Agnes, brought up at a convent school in complete seclusion, so
that she will emerge faithful years later - but of course his plan backfires.
young girl, with intelligent simplicity, unconsciously outwits him and falls in
love with someone else leaving him out in the cold.
School For Wives
Directed by Patrick Sandford
14th April - 17th May 2005
Box Office 023 8067 1771