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Thursday, 3 March, 2005 10:52
The School For Wives
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School of Wives
School of Wives
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French playwright Molière's original classic love story which is set in a sleepy, sunny town in the South of France is coming to the Nuffield Theatre.

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The comedy classic School for Wives (L'École des Femmes), was originally written by Molière in 1662 as a Christmas novelty and appeared at the Palais Royal.

Molière
Born in Paris in 1622, his father Jean Poquelin was an upholsterer, his mother was called Marie Cressé. His father was to earn an appointment to the King, but his mother died when the Jean-Baptiste was only ten years old.

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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.

He has 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.

The young girl, with intelligent simplicity, unconsciously outwits him and falls in love with someone else leaving him out in the cold.

The School For Wives
Directed by Patrick Sandford
The Nuffield Theatre
14th April - 17th May 2005
Box Office 023 8067 1771
 
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