Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

65th Production

The Provoked Wife

By Sir John Vanbrugh

3rd - 7th October 1967


Sir John Brute

Lady Brute

Belinda (her niece)

Lady Fanciful

Mademoiselle (her confidential maid)






Lord Rake

Colonel Bully

Tavern Wench


1st Watch

2nd Watch

3rd Watch


Justice of the Peace

Honest Joe


In the Tavern

Hedley Brown

Christine Williams

Beryl Rooney

Joan Brown

Mary Brown

Margaret Hague

Mike Bradley

Nigel Shaw

Evelyn Raby

Gerald Fillingham

Ron Tyson

David Mann

Marilynne Spavin

Gerald Fillingham

David Wilson

Harry Fletcher

Robert Bradshaw

Brian Lewis

David Elford

David Elford

David Mann

Brian Lewis

David Wilson

David Elford

Harry Fletcher

Evelyn Raby

Fay Hopper

Zoe Riby

Margaret Hague

Gerald Fillingham

Carol Peasgood

Robert Bradshaw

Production Team


Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers


Lighting Designer

Lighting Operator

Sound Operator

Set Designer

Set Constructed by


Costumes by

Wigs by

House Manager

Theatre Manager

Theatre Licensee

David Dalton

David Wilson

Marilynne Spavin

Alan Cressey

David Dalton

Allen Gittens

Chris Williams

Ivan Clayton

The Hospital Players

Phyllis Dadd

L. R. H. Nathan Ltd.

Nathanwigs Ltd.

Maureen Johnston

David Dalton

Glyn Roberts


In 1690, Vanbrugh was arrested at Calais 'upon information received from a lady in Paris,' for travelling without a passport; he was presumably acting as an agent. Louis XIV eventually had Vanbrugh moved to the Bastille where he apparently led a not unpleasant life. He was allowed considerable freedom to come and go and, probably influenced by the French Theatres he was allowed to visit, he began to sketch out the comedy which was eventually to become 'The Provoked Wife.'

On his release from France, Vanbrugh settled down to playwriting. The first of his plays to be presented was 'The Relapse;' this was followed by an adaptation of an existing play which Vanbrugh entitled 'I Aesop.' He then completed 'The Provoked Wife,' which was produced at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre about 20th May, 1697, by Thomas Betterton, who also played the part of Sir John Brute.

Subsequent to 'The Provoked Wife,' although he collaborated with Congreve and others in the adaptation of French works, Vanbrugh the playwright gave way to Vanbrugh the architect. His last play, however, also promised to be his best but 'A Trip to London' was uncompleted at his death; Colley Cibber later took the remaining fragments for his play 'The Provoked Husband.'

Both 'The Relapse' and 'The Provoked Wife' came under severe attack from the puritan element of society at the time of their production. Dr. Blair said of 'The Provoked Wife' that it was 'a piece the indecencies of which ought to explode it out of all respectable society;' Charles James Fox, however, speaking in relation to the same play, said of Vanbrugh 'he was almost as great a genius as ever lived.'