W. Somerset Maugham's 1926 comedy The Constant Wife , which closes at the Apollo Theatre on 29th June, will transfer next door to the Lyric Theatre from 2nd July to 5th Oct 02

The show features Jenny Seagrove (Constance Middleton), Steven Pacey (John Middleton), Linda Thorson (Mrs Culver), Simon Williams (Bernard Kersal), Sara Crowe (Marie-Louise), Serena Evans, Eric Carte, Robin Browne and Lucy Fleming .

It is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Edward Hall, designed by Michael Pavelka with lighting by Ben Ormerod.

The play received good notices from the popular press when it opened in April this year: DARREN DALGLISH says, " Superb acting in a delightful and charming play "; THE EVENING STRANDARD says, "Thrilling denouement, with its assertion of female independence." THE GUARDIAN says, "The play as a whole is a testament to Maugham's enduring skill as a subversive boulevard entertainer." THE TIMES says, " There are many sharp moments in Edward Hall’s able revival ." JOHN THAXTER for THE STAGE says, "Cool, clever comedy...."

The story is set in the home of a general surgeon, John Middleton, in Harley Street. It concerns the attempts of an apparently caring wife to stop her family and friends from telling her that her seemingly devoted husband is having an affair with her best friend Marie Louise. However the tables are turned when Constance decides to have a liaison with her former lover Bernard Kersal, who has recently returned from Japan.


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