The Winter Wife

by  Claire Tomalin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

"An excellent play." - London Sunday Telegraph

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The Winter Wife

by  Claire Tomalin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period

Additional Info

This stage biography of gifted short-story writer Katherine Mansfield is set in the tuberculosis sanitarium where she went with her devoted companion, Ida Baker, to regain her health over the winter of 1920-21. The play focuses on the relationship between these two ladies and on this important literary figure’s sensibilities as a writer and a woman, while revealing harsh truths about her marriage to a writer and critic who treated her with selfish insensitivity.
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Reviews

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"An excellent play." - London Sunday Telegraph

"Most biographical dramas make one wish one had stayed home and read the book, but not this one." - London Daily Telegraph

"Elegant [...] exquisite [...] a compelling study of feverish genius forced to admit dependence on someone who will never pronounce Avignon correctly." - London Times

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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Setting: Several locations. 1920.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 3f

KATHERINE MANSFIELD - 31 
IDA CONSTANCE BAKER - 32
DR. BOUCHAGE - 35 
MARIE - about 50

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Authors

Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin

The Winter Wife premiered at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, UK in February 1991 under the direction of Patrick Sandford.

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