Comic romp through love life of a Restoration libertine

The Man of Mode, The Company, Uni Drama Studio
The Man of Mode, The Company, Uni Drama Studio
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The Man of Mode, University Drama Studio

“When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is to put it to a violent death. I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.”

This Restoration comedy, written by George Etherege in 1676, is a saucy romp that looks at what happens when a libertine unexpectedly starts to fall in love with one of his prospective conquests.

For a fashionable man about town, this unwanted situation is bound to cramp his style a little.

Dorimant is a wealthy, sex-hungry socialite whose aim is to get as many of London’s upper-class women into his bed as possibe.

It’s a time-consuming business because it involves hatching complex plots to fend off one woman whilst trying to acquire the affections of another.

Dorimant, encouraged by his wealthy, charmless chums, is conniving to dump his current love, Mrs Loveit, in order to seduce her friend, Belinda.

But it’s a tough life for an alpha male on the rampage as there always seems to be one more woman to have sex with.

And it’s not long before Dorimant’s eyes fall on one Harriet Woodvill. However, she proves to be something more of a challenge, especially as further complications arise involving Harriet and the wedding plans being made by another young fop’s father. The production, by local amateur group The Company, runs from Wednesday to Saturday in the venue on Glossop Road. There is also a special performance on July 9 at Dore Village Festival.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets: email thecompanysheffield.co.uk or call 01226 930435.