Lust

A Voyage Round My Father

A Voyage Round My Father

John Mortimer

David Parton

4 - 11 July

"Dear Elizabeth. I'm so relieved to find that you can lie as mercilessly as anyone."

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Lust

Lust

The Heather Brothers

In association with LOS Musical Theatre

Shaun Hughes

16 - 23 May 2020

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"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.

Audition Info
Audition Sun 26 January 2020 2:30pm foyer

Familiarisation sessions; Wednesday 22 January 2020, 8:00pm, Market Tower, Market Street, Lewes. Also Friday 24 January 2020, 8:00pm, Lewes Little Theatre Foyer.

A production for character actors who like to sing, and for singers who enjoy playing character roles, and thus a wonderful opportunity for singers and actors to share the stage! Lust was written and composed by The Heather Brothers and first produced in London in 1992 and New York in 1995. The Country Wife, on which it is based, was a product of the early, tolerant restoration period. Reflecting an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, it was controversial even in its own time. This musical version has been acclaimed by academic critics, who praise its linguistic energy, sharp social satire and openness to differences of interpretation. The show turns on two plot devices. As well as Horner’s pursuit of aristocratic women, (notably Lady Fidget, Mistress Squeamish and Mistress Dainty - a singing trio of robust sisterhood), an inexperienced young ‘country wife’, Margery Pinchwife, arrives in town and discovers the joy of society life, particularly the fascinating London men. Whilst her ageing husband Pinchwife tries his best to keep her away from the men (especially Horner), his sister Alithia falls in true and unmasked love with a young man named Harcourt. And so the machinations and intrigues begin. Those who are not familiar with the show will find it helpful to attend one or both of the two familiarisation sessions on 22 and 24 January. This will give you an opportunity to meet the Director and Musical Director, talk about the show, read some of the scenes and listen to (and sing if you wish) some of the songs. For the singing auditions, you will be offered the choice of singing something from the show, or a song of your own choice (for the latter, please bring the sheet music for the accompaniment).

Female Characters

Margery Pinchwife - A young, naïve, attractive country girl

Lady Fidget - An extremely haughty aristocrat

Mistress Dainty - Lady fidget’s sister, also haughty

Mistress Squeamish - An austere aristocratic woman

Alithia - A placid, refined country lady

Male Characters

Horner - A handsome libertine

Quack - A dubious physician

Pinchwife - A middle aged country gentleman

Sir Jasper Fidget - An aristocratic gentleman

Harcourt - A young blade

Dorilant - A loud, bluff gentleman

Sparkish - A plump, effeminate fop

For copies of the text and the audition pieces, or simply to find out more about the production, please contact Shaun Hughes on 07971 815883, or email shaun.hughes61@hotmail.co.uk. To listen to songs from the show, go to soundcloud.com and search ‘songs from the musical Lust’.