The country wife by william wycherley was published in 1675 and premiered the same year at the theatre royal in london it is classified in english literature as a restoration comedy the term. This lesson will explore william wycherley's 'the country wife' we'll look at the political and literary context of the play as well as the plot. What techniques does william wycherley use in his restoration comedy the country wife to wlliam wycherly's restoration comedy the country wife (1675) satirizes social manners and habits without trying to propose right moral models for the audience to follow.
Theatre review of the country wife (william wycherley) at theatre royal haymarket, reviewer: philip fisher theatre review of the country wife (william wycherley) at theatre royal haymarket, reviewer: philip fisher with a play of this type and class, one feels that there could have been more had some different artistic decisions been taken. A 1977 bbc play of the month production first made me love william wycherley's wickedly satirical comedy, written 15 years after charles ii returned from france in 1660 it starred helen mirren as the fresh, innocent, young mrs pinchwife come up to london for the first time with her reformed rake of a husband (bernard cribbins) for the marriage of his sister alithea to sparkish, a would-be wit who has two things to recommend him: his fortune and his – seemingly – non-jealous disposition.
William wycherley’s oak-solid 17th century classic the country wife, performed at manchester's royal exchange, remains hugely watchable because it taps a primal insecurity, writes dominic cavendish. William wycherley's 1660 comedy will do little to restore your faith in humanity, writes clare brennan the country wife – review royal exchange, manchester a 1977 bbc play of the month.
The country-wife, comedy of manners in five acts by restoration dramatist william wycherley, performed and published in 1675 it satirizes the sexual duplicity of the aristocracy during the reign of charles ii popular for its lively characters and its double entendres, the bawdy comedy was occasionally vilified for immorality. The country wife is a 1675 restoration comedy by english dramatist william wycherley like many restoration comedies, it held an aristocratic and anti-puritan ideology, and met with controversy due to its politics and its sexual explicitness.
William wycherley was an english dramatist of the restoration period, best known for the plays the country wife and the plain dealer wycherley left oxford university and took up residence at the inner temple, but gave little attention to the study of law. The country wife study guide contains a biography of william wycherly, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
By spreading the false rumor of his own impotence, he gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and, more importantly, free access to their wives meanwhile the newly-married pinchwife desperately attempts to keep his naïve country bride from the clutches of predatory london bachelors. A great and funny comedy of the restoration, the country wife tells the story of horner, a notorious and lascivious man-about-town and his ingenious scheme for the rampant and mass seduction of the women of london society by spreading the false rumor of his own impotence, he gains the sympathy of. The country-wife: the country-wife, comedy of manners in five acts by restoration dramatist william wycherley, performed and published in 1675 it satirizes the sexual duplicity of the aristocracy during the reign of charles ii popular for its lively characters and its double entendres, the bawdy comedy was.
By william wycherley the shakespeare theatre, washington, dc 2 april 2000 the shakespeare theatre, washington, dc 2 april 2000 often considered the bawdiest of restoration comedies, wycherley's play introduces horner, who claims to be impotent so that husbands and guardians will suppose him a safe companion for their women.