Virtue in Danger
From Vanbrugh’s “The Relapse”
Cast & Crew
|Doctor Syringe||Alan Dudley|
|Hosier/Servant to Clumsey||Bryon O’Leary|
|La Varole||Christopher Greatorex|
|Lord Foppington||John Moffatt|
|Miss Hoyden||Patsy Byrne|
|Mr Worthy||Basil Hoskins|
|Perruquier/Servant to Clumsey||Michael Ffoulkes|
|Servant to Foppington||John Parker|
|Servant to Foppington||Richard Pescud|
|Shoemaker/Sir John Friendly||Alec Bregonzi|
|Sir Tunbelly Clumsey||Hamlyn Benson|
|Book & Lyrics||Paul Dehn|
|Designer (Set and costume)||Alix Stone|
|Musical Arrangements||Douglas Gamley|
|Original play “The Relapse”||Sir John Vanbrugh|
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Songs: Fortune Thou Art a Bitch, Stand Back Old Sodom, Hoyden Hath Charms, I’m in Love with My Husband
Story: Despite a happy marriage to his virtuous wife, Amanda, Loveless relapses into his former ways. During a visit to London he seduces Berinthia, a pretty widow. At the same time Amanda remains faithful to her philandering husband in spite of an attempt at seduction by Mr. Worthy. A sub-plot concerns the efforts of the penniless young Mr Fashion to cheat Lord Foppington, his overbearing brother, out of marrying for the sake of a fortune, and he succeeds by pretending to be his brother and marrying the lady himself.
Notes: Based on the play “The Relapse” by John Vanbrugh, this was a rather daring romp since the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship powers were still in effect. A still remembered couplet comes in the song “Stand Back old Sodom” when Mr Fashion repels the itchy fingers of the matchmaker with the line: “Take your eye, Sir, Off my fly, Sir”. The reviews were mixed, and the transfer from the Mermaid to the Strand lasted just four weeks. With its pre-London tour, the Mermaid and the West End runs, it managed a total of 121 performances.
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