The Guardian Fringe Review British Theatre Guide Times Literary Supplement The Reviews Hub Evening Standard View from the Cheap SeatsA house party on a sultry autumn evening. A marriage has been arranged between Cynthia and Mellefont.
All should be plain sailing, but the young couple must contend with the jealousies, vanities and vagaries of a host of brilliantly drawn comic characters. Above all they must overcome the Machiavellian machinations of Maskwell - the eponymous Double Dealer.
In a world of artifice and guile, how are we to judge whose behaviour is beyond reproach?This delightful restoration comedy, written by Congreve at the age of only 24, provides an irresistible foretaste of the kind of iconic characters which appear in his subsequent great comedies, and . recently directed the latter to critical acclaim for the RSC and appeared at the Orange Tree in . on at the RSC 2 hours 35 minutes including an intervalGold and Ruby Members Fri 7 Dec, time tbc - or call 020 8940 3633 to book your placesProduction photos by Robert Day