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The Provoked Wife
Produced by Stepping Out Theatre 14 Nov 25 Nov

Venue: Kings Weston House
Performance Time: 19:30
Matinees Sat 18th & 25th 2:30pm
Performance Duration: 2:00
Full Price: £12.00
Concession Price: £10.00

Stepping Out Theatre is offering a dry look at marriage this November when it brings its unique immersive production of ‘The Provoked Wife’ to the beautiful setting of 18th century mansion, Kings Weston House, on the outskirts of Bristol.

A Heritage Lottery Fund project, the play is being performed from 14th to 25th November in the very house that the playwright himself designed. ‘The Provoked Wife’ was penned by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1697, one of several plays written before he switched careers and became an architect instead. Kings Weston House is one of his designs, as is Blenheim Palace.

Audience members will be treated to an immersive piece of theatre that uses the magnificent house at the core of the performance. Upon entry, before the play has even begun, guests will arrive and take in the splendour of this house, with its magnificent ceilings, marble fireplaces and stunning suspended central staircase. Actors will be coming out of paintings and from behind statues, getting people into the swing of the evening.

The play has been given a modern treatment, keeping with the spirit of the original, but adding more music and dancing. Audiences can expect a sumptuous blend of baroque and Latin American music, which director Briony Waite says ‘go surprisingly well together’. The costumes will be based on Restoration clothes, but have been given a touch of spice to lend a party feel.  Imagine lots of frothy lace and tulle to reflect Vanbrugh's interior at Kings Weston House, but with a lot of ladies' underwear plus a pinch of the Hellfire Club!

Sir John Vanbrugh believed that, "the stage is a glass for the world to view itself in; people ought therefore to see themselves as they are; if it makes their faces too fair, they won’t know they are dirty, and by consequence will neglect to wash ‘em." So people can enjoy an extremely entertaining and wry look at themselves via the cast of actors who will be holding up the figurative mirrors and pulling the audience into an experience they will never forget.

On Saturday 18th November there is a very special celebration gala dinner with a surprise celebrity guest. Guests can enjoy a Restoration-themed sit down meal in the stunning Baroque dining room at 5.30pm. Tickets for this cost just £30 and can be tied in with either the matinee or evening performance.

The production is from acclaimed theatre company Stepping Out Theatre. The theatre group is a charity that helps people experiencing mental illness. Founded in 1997, the company has helped thousands of mental health service users, empowering them to connect with the arts and the wider community. Patron Mark Rylance says; “If you want to hear something true, go and hear what Stepping Out Theatre are saying.”

 

Venue:
Kings Weston House
Kings Weston Lane
Bristol
BS110UR
South West

kingswestonhouse.co.uk/
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