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Lust

The Heather Brothers

In association with LOS Musical Theatre

16 - 23 May 2020

Shaun Hughes

"Frolicsome and carefree, earthy and robust - lust!"


Director's Notes

After their smash-hit success A Slice of Saturday Night, The Heather Brothers collaborated once again in the wildly entertaining musical Lust, which premièred in London at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 1993. Based upon Wycherley’s The Country Wife, this rollicking Restoration revel throws off the shackles of Puritan austerity in a high-spirited celebration of “the noblest urge bestowed on us”. Ribaldry, romance and drama abound in the hilarious tale of Horner, a notorious London libertine. He charms and seduces his way into the hearts and boudoirs of society ladies, while practising elaborate deceptions so as to be trusted by the foolish husbands as a eunuch and chaperon to ladies of quality around town. The show is set London in the year 1661 and although a period romp, has a lot to say to the modern audience.  Lust: this classic farce takes Wycherley’s spirited Restoration comedy and turns it into a saucy romp with 24 songs from the title number to romantic ballads, duets and comic gender poems. The show’s comic themes show up the characters in all their pomposity and self deluding ways and is a big pock at over inflated egos. The story brings everyone down together to realise the characters frailties and need for real love and compassion.