Saturday, 22 September 2018

Downton-era play is still up to the minute

IF you’re still pining for Downton Abbey, get yourself to the Kenton Theatre next week for another Twenties blockbuster, The Constant Wife

IF you’re still pining for Downton Abbey, get yourself to the Kenton Theatre next week for another Twenties blockbuster, The Constant Wife.

W Somerset Maugham’s play is set in the same period as Downton’s recent finale and shares the glamorous style and values of the flapper era.

For a play hailed by critics as “a deft and sparkling comedy of no overwhelming importance” on its 1927 Broadway debut, no less than four separate productions are currently playing around the country.

As the Henley Players cast were intrigued to discover when shown a 1973 programme, actresses portraying the show’s leading lady have ranged from Ethel Barrymore to Ingrid Bergman — who starred in the 1973 version directed by Sir John Gielgud.

As Miss Bergman said at the time: “The ideas are just as modern today as they were in 1926.”

The Henley Players’ production of The Constant Wife is at the Kenton Theatre in New Street, Henley, from Wednesday (March 9) to Saturday, March 12.

Showtime is at 7.30pm each day, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. For ticket details and to book call (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk



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