by Edward Ravenscroft (1681)
When it was first performed in 1681, The London Cuckoldswas an instant success. Its unique mix of wit and outright rudery made it enormously popular and the play was revived annually for more than seventy years, making it the Restoration comedy precursor to today's long-running British farces.
Edward Ravenscroft wrote The London Cuckolds in 1681, but the jokes are pretty timeless: Horny young men jump through hoops to seduce married women. A husband throws on a dress and impersonates his own wife. Rascals are burned with coals, beaten with cudgels and soaked in urine. Nearly every flowery word is a phallic double-entendre. This Restoration comedy might as well be called Desperate Housewyfs.
If you're looking for an evening of outstanding performance, farcical characters, good music, lavish set and costume and a truly ridiculous storyline then this is definitely the production for you. If you’re looking for a play that's going to challenge your preconceptions, or astonish you with its insight then this probably isn't it; but then again it's not pretending to be. Three husbands, three wives, and three dashing young men, engaging in deceit, flattery and a fair bit of sex (though not as much as some characters would desire).
Let Them Call It Mischief
The Original 1681Production
The London Cuckolds
Directed By Danny Wainwright
@ Pleasance Islington
1 May 2013 -12 May 2013 BOOK NOW