The London Cuckholds (Byrne)

by  John Byrne, Edward Ravenscroft

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  11m, 4f

John Byrne's adaptation of Ravenscroft's 17th century classic.

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The London Cuckholds (Byrne)

by  John Byrne Edward Ravenscroft

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Edward Ravenscroft, the Feydeau of Restoration drama, wrote The London Cuckholds in 1681 and it was played fairly regularly despite some censure. John Byrne's new adaptation, seen in Leicester and at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 1985, allows Ravenscroft's Rabelaisian wit to be sophisticated and polished rather than crudely vulgar. 

Doodle and Dashwell, aldermen with young wives, argue about the qualities in a woman that make for the most secure marriage, each feeling that his reputation is safe with his own wife's attributes of wit and godliness, respectively. Before long they find themselves cuckholded, not once, but several times!

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 17th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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