Plays Directory : The Constant Wife

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

  • Author
    W. Somerset Maugham
  • Written
    1926
  • Overview
    The Constant Wife, a comedy of manners, was written by W. Somerset Maugham in 1926 and later published for general sales in April 1927.

    The leading character, Constance Middleton, is a calm, intelligent and self-possessed wife of a successful London doctor. Knowing full well of her husband's infidelity with her best friend Marie-Louise, Constance purposefully maintains the fiction held by her other friends, mother and sister that she has no idea of the affair. However, when confronted by Marie-Louise's jealous husband, Constance reacts in a way not expected by her husband, mother or sister. She first deftly conceals the affair from the husband, and then tells her family that she has known all along. She further shocks them by demonstrating a total lack of sentiment on the subject of matrimony. The modern wife, she explains, is nothing but a parasite, "a prostitute who doesn't deliver the goods." She resolves to establish her own economic independence ("which she considers the only real independence"), going into business as an interior decorator. After a year of successful employment, she pays her husband for her room and board, and then announces she is going off for an Italian vacation with a longtime admirer. Her husband is, in turn, shocked and outraged at this turn of events, but finally capitulates to her outrageous charm as the curtain falls.

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Connected mandy members:

Emily Slade
Emily Slade
Actor
2019, Constance
Grange Court Theatre
David McMaster
2019, John Middleton
Grange Court Theatre, Drama Studio London
Lucy Oglesby
Lucy Oglesby
Actor
2019, Marie-Louise
Grange Court Theatre
Helen Cashin
Helen Cashin
Actor
2017, Marie-Louise
Gavin Bromley
2016, Bernard
Rosie Coles
Rosie Coles
Actor
2016, Marie-Lousie
The Crescent Theatre
Mark Benfield
Mark Benfield
Technical Manager
2016, Technical Stage Manager
The Assembly House
Tim Atkinson
Tim Atkinson
Actor
2015, Bernard Kersal
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
Rachel Hepworth
Rachel Hepworth
Stage Manager
2015, Props Assistant
The Crescent
Kaie Vaiksaar
2015, Barbara Fawcett
Manny Greenfield Theatre, NYC
Grace Brightwell
2015, Constance Middleton
The Crescent Theatre
Amaka Obi
Amaka Obi
Actor
2015, Barbara
The Crescent Theatre
Megan Cooper
Megan Cooper
Actor
2015, Martha
The Crescent Theatre
William LaCour
2015, John Middleton
Ruby Etches
Ruby Etches
Actor
2015, Mrs Culver
Crescent Theatre, Studio
Chantal Mason
2014, Mrs Culver
Manny Greenfield Theatre
Gareth Balai
Gareth Balai
Actor
2014, John Middleton
Manny Greenfield Theatre
Danielle Spittle
2013, Martha
Crescent Theatre
Edward Coley
Edward Coley
Actor
2013, Morty
Crescent Theatre Company
Stephen Dix
Stephen Dix
Assistant Stage Manager
2011, SM Work Placement
Salisbury Playhouse