Lust

by  William Wycherley, Heather Brothers

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  10m, 7f

This rollicking Restoration revel throws off the shackles of Puritan austerity in the hilarious tale of Homer, a notorious London libertine, that charms and seduces his way into the hearts and boudoirs of society ladies. Period 1661.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable, National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Based upon Wycherley's The Country Wife, this rollicking Restoration revel throws off the shackles of Puritan austerity in a high-spirited celebration of "the noblest urge bestowed on us". Ribaldry, romance and drama abound in the hilarious tale of Homer, a notorious London libertine. He charms and seduces his way into the hearts and boudoirs of society ladies, while practising elaborate deceptions so as to be trusted by the foolish husbands as a eunuch and chaperon to ladies of quality. Period 1661.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Deliciously smutty and clever.... An operatic orgasm!" - Variety

"Three words describe Lust: FA ... BU ... LOUS!" - Philadelphia Daily News

"Good, clean, smutty, sophisticated fun." - Coity Paper

"Hurrah for Lust ... bright wonderful, rollicking." - Wilmington News Journal

"Lust is a must." - Daily Mirror

"The funniest West End musical around." - Guardian

"Huge fun from beginning to end.... Absolutely shameless.... A triumph." - Financial Times

"A full scale romp.... A most enjoyable cross between a bedroom farce and a satire on pomposity and hypocrisy." - Daily Express

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: London, 1661
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

10m, 7f
HORNER - a handsom libertine
QUACK - a physician
PINCHWIFE - a dour, middle-aged country gentleman
MARGERY PINCHWIFE - a voluptuous country girl
SIR JASPER FIDGET - an aristocratic gentleman
LADY FIDGET - an extremely haughty aristocrat
MISTRSS DAINTY - Lady Fidget's sister, also haughty
MISTRESS SQUEAMISH - an austere aristocratic woman
ALITHEA PINCHWIFE - a placid, refined country lady
HARCOURT - a young blade
DORILANT - a loud, bluff gentleman
SPARKISH - a plump, effeminate fop
FIDDLER - a secret musician
MALE EXTRA 1 - plays RUDGE, EXECUTIONER and PARSON
FEMALE EXTRA 1 - plays MISTRESS PRUDENCE, SERVING WENCH, and HAG
MALE EXTRA 2 - plays FOOTMAN and CAPTAIN JACK
FEMALE EXTRA 2 - plays MISTRESS CHARITY and SERVING WENCH
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Full Package

18 Vocal/Keyboard 1 Scores

1 Oboe
1 Guitar
1 Harp
1 Percussion
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Cello
1 Bass

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Authors

William Wycherley

William Wycherley

Heather Brothers

The Heather Brothers, were born in London, grew up in Zimbabwe, and spent their teenage years touring with their rock band. On returning to England they recorded with various major record labels before joining an international music publisher as contract songwriters. During this period they wrote their ...

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West End Premier at Theatre Royal Haymarket London, UK. American Premiere at Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia.

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