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Maggie Smith and Jonathan Pryce star in William Wycherley’s raunchy Restoration comedy.

Considered too obscene to be staged in its original form for nearly 200 years, William Wycherley’s bawdy comedy tells the tale of Mr Horner, a notorious rake who spreads the false rumour that he is impotent in order to gain free access to other men’s wives. When he meets the young, innocent Margery Pinchwife, the ‘country wife’ of the title, the scene is set for scandal.

This sparkling 1985 BBC Radio production stars Maggie Smith as Margery Pinchwife, with an all-star cast including Jonathan Pryce, John Duttine, John Moffatt, Harriet Walter and Michael Aldridge.

The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

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  • Nicole
  • HAYS, KANSAS, United States
  • 05-03-15

better than I expected

I only got it to complete my homework but found it to be exceptionally entertaining.

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Smith shines in abridged radio play

Performances were good, but Maggie Smith's was truly superb. The actor playing Horner also did an excellent job. Unfortunately, the producers decided to trim some of the scenes, which, of course, compromises the story (hence, 2 stars). So, if you are a thespian, beware, you will be disappointed as this is abridged, regardless of whether they label it so or not.