Epsom Wells - street theatre

Epsom Wells MGSO4 arts festival Sally McCormack
Event date: 
Sunday, 8 July 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Artist: 

Matrix Theatre

Venue: 
Epsom Square, KT19 8AG
Ticket price: 
Free


Presenting the first-ever outdoor street performance of sketches from the famous seventeenth century play, Epsom Wells, directed by Sally McCormack.

At the height of its fame as a rural spa town, Epsom drew a party-loving crowd of celebrities from all over Europe. Inspired by these antics, Thomas Shadwell, a popular playwright of the day, wrote the play Epsom Wells.

It was first performed in London in 1672 in the presence of King Charles II, who enjoyed it so much that he saw it again two days later.

It is a bawdy comedy, whose characters are more interested in wine, ale and amorous adventures on and off the bowling green than in drinking Epsom’s mineral waters. The Justice, Clodpate, is made a fool of and tricked into a marriage with the seventeenth-century version of a gold-digger.

“Is it not better to let life go out in a blaze than a snuff?”

“The freedom of Epsom allows almost nothing to be scandalous.”

Plus family games and stalls. Come along with family or friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Dressing-up in seventeenth century wigs and costumes is encouraged.

This event is being delivered in partnership with Bourne Hall Museum.

Event access: 
Wheelchair accessible