The Constant Wife by W.Somerset Maugham - Bartholomew Players, Eynsham

29 November 2017 - 7:30pm - 2 December 2017 - 7:30pm

The Constant Wife is a social comedy of marital manoeuvres set in 1920s upper-class London. Constance Middleton discovers that her surgeon husband is having an affair with her best friend. Rather than humiliating herself and others, she denies the affair, defends the two, and sets about turning bad luck, unfaithful friends, local gossip and a broken heart to her own advantage.

Though written in 1927, the year Maugham’s own marriage to society decorator Syrie Wellcome was disintegrating, Maugham's sparkling dialogue still resonates with audiences today. This play explores the limitations of the marriage contract - that, for women at least, sexual freedom and economic autonomy are inextricably linked - and probes such taboo subjects as sexual duplicity and the double standards applied to male and female infidelity.

Director Denise Santilli, says “When I first read The Constant Wife, I was immediately struck by the script’s freshness, despite it being written in 1927, and felt that the play must have surely shocked its original audiences with its frank deconstruction of the marriage ideal. Indeed, I think it still has the power to surprise! The play has great twists that I thought were wonderful, as well as intelligent, extremely funny characters.”

As usual, we are partnering with a local group for our Charity Supper Show – this time The Eynsham Museum Fund will assist us in organising the evening in return for a share of the profits. We look forward to seeing you!

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW

Dates: Wed 29th and Thurs 30th Nov, Fri 1st and Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Tickets – for Wed, Thurs and Saturday nights

Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm

Price: £9.00 (concessions £8.00)



Tickets for FRIDAY 1st Dec – must be purchased in advance by 27th Nov

Doors open: 6.10pm, Food served: 6.30pm – 7.30pm,Performance: 7.30pm

Advance Tickets only: £18.00

Available: in advance from Denise Santilli, 07721 744020, (not available online)