Play directory : The Vicar of Wakefield

Welcome to the Mandy Actors UK Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other Mandy Actors UK members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    J Stirling Coyne (after Oliver Goldsmith)
  • Written
  • Setting
    A rural hamlet
  • Overview
    The Vicar of Wakefield begins with a state of idyllic calm in the parish of the eponymous clergyman, Dr Primrose, but disaster strikes quickly. Primrose is made penniless by the bankrupting of a merchant. Squire Thornhill makes his appearance on the scene and in his dashing manner encourages questionable attitudes and behaviour in Primrose’s wife and children, while there are various subsidiary adventures such as poor Mr Burchell’s valiant saving of Sophie Primrose and later suspicion for the disappearance of sister Olivia. The play (and the novel from which it is adapted) follows the vicar’s fruitless quest to find his daughter, his accidental discovery of his son George, and the wretched Thornhill’s vulgar treatment of women.