Venus Observed

A comedy, by Christopher Fry. Directed by Adrian Herbert

Synopsis

A stylish comedy of verbal wit and poetry, this autumnal quarter of Fry's "comedies for the seasons" shows the fifty-year old Duke of Altair looking to settle down and marry one of his three mistresses. He is tempted away from this sensible plan by a last attempt to capture youthfulness in the form of Perpetua, daughter of his bailiff, Reedbeck.

A sub-plot is set in action when Dominic, Reedbeck's son, accuses his father of embezzlement. Dominic later asks his sister to court the Duke so that their father might escape prosecution. But the Duke and Perpetua's love scene is interrupted by a fire, started by one of the mistresses.

This was originally written for Laurence Olivier as star and director in London. He then directed it in New York with Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer in the leads. The play was revived at Chichester in 1992.

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