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The Relapse, or, Virtue in Danger

The Relapse or Virtue in Danger
Written by Sir John Vanbrugh
Directed by Mavis Dunphy
27-30 November 1974

The Relapse, or, Virtue in Danger is a Restoration comedy from 1696 written by John Vanbrugh. The play is a sequel to Colley Cibber’s Love’s Last Shift, or, The Fool in Fashion. In Cibber’s Love’s Last Shift, a free-living Restoration rake is brought to repentance and reform by the ruses of his wife, while in The Relapse, the rake succumbs again to temptation and has a new love affair. His virtuous wife is also subjected to a determined seduction attempt, and resists with difficulty.


Sir Novelty Fashion – Tom Ellis
Young Fashion – Mick Driver
Loveless – Geoff Shimmin
Worthy – Peter Paul
Sir Tunbelly Clumsy – Roger Butler
Sir John Friendly – Michael O’Sullivan
Coupler – Phillip Fasham
Bull – Eric Crichton
Syringe – Roy Poole
Lory – Harry Dunphy
La Verole – Ted Howard
Tailor – Michael O’Sullivan
Shoemaker – Colin Foord-Divers
Hosier – Dave Johnson
Periwigmaker – Giles Metcalf
Waterman – Colin Lincoln
Porter – Roy Poole
Page to Lord Foppington – Graham Loades
Pot Boy – Michael Howard
Servant to Loveless – Neal Jarman
Amanda – Pauline Wood
Berinthia – June Janes
Miss Hoyden – Susan Higley
Nurse – Margaret Baird
Maid to Amanda – Kim Bailey
Maid to Betinthia – Frances Dunphy
Seamstress – Vanessa Johnson
Other Maids – Jill Watkins, Carol Fitzjohn, Jill Maud, Molly Pritchard, Sheila Fryatt.


Set Design – Roger Butler
Stage Manager – Alan Hunt
Assistant Stage Manager – Eileen Young
Properties – Dennis Bailey, Molly Pritchard, Sheila Fryatt
Costumes – Joan Robarts
Sound – Andy Howe
Lighting – Mike Auvray