Lewes Little Theatre are performing The Circle by W. Somerset Maugham from Saturday, November 28, to Saturday, December 5.
The play is described by Selina Hastings in her biography, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, as “a highly polished, expertly structured piece, which deals with the difficulties of the survival of love within marriage, with the pressures of society and with the triumph of character over circumstance”.
This period drawing room comedy was written and set in 1921 during a period of exciting social change. The younger generation were rebelling against the traditional taboos.
Women in particular sought the right of self-determination and liberation from the restrictions of their Victorian past.
Following three years of an unfulfilling high society marriage this play’s protagonist is naturally distressed with the prospect of a loveless life and is easily distracted by the amorous attention of a house guest.
In need of wise council, she invites her mother-in-law and her lover to visit for the first time since their elopement thirty years ago.
Recognised at the time as Maugham’s best play, it opened at The Haymarket on March 3, 1921, and ran for nearly six months before being staged in New York.
Its success on both sides of the Atlantic enhanced the popularity of this distinguished man of letters.
Tickets are available from the Lewes Little Theatre Box Office on 01273 474826.
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