THE Bell Shakespeare company has deviated from its namesake to portray a subject close to people’s hearts – marriage.
The company held its first Newcastle performance of the show The School for Wives at the Civic Theatre last night and the show will run until Saturday.
The School for Wives is a comedy by French playwright Moliere and was first staged almost 50 years after William Shakespeare died.
‘‘It’s not Shakespeare so it was a bit of a risk for us but the response has been strong and exciting,’’assistant director John Kachoyan said in Newcastle yesterday .
‘‘It’s been one of our longest tours in Australia.’’
The School for Wives is based on a man, played by John Adam, who wants desperately to get married but is afraid that a smart woman will cheat on him.
His solution is to enlist the help of a convent to raise a girl so innocent that she won’t know the first thing about cheating on him. However his plan is fraught with disaster.
Adapted by Australian playwright Justin Fleming, The School for Wives tour wraps at the Sydney Opera House on November 24.