The Custom of the Country

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Fallen Angel Theatre Company

TIME OUT Critics' Choice


Fallen Angel Theatre Company presented The Custom of the Country by John Fletcher at The White Bear, Kennington in December 2007 and January 2008

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Man's obsession with sex, women playing men at their own game, abuse of power.

With these themes in mind, we cordially invite you to join us on a rip-roaring adventure of a story written by one of the most popular playwrights of the Jacobean era, John Fletcher. The most recent revival of the play was the staged reading at Globe Education in 1998, so why this play and why now, after almost a decade?

The Custom of the Country, obsessed with sex, is a riotous comedy, poignant and risque by turns. Earthy banter and elevated declamations of love juxtapose to create a satirical story capable of hysterical tongue in cheek humour and sobering political points against modern-day society.

The result is an enlightening journey through the base desires of human nature to the noble virtues of idealistic love and the fact remains that, in the end, true love will win the day. Or will it? Some things never change...       

Plot and background information



Arnoldo Giles Roberts
Rutillio Mark Weller
Zenocia Annabel Bates
Charino/Officer Neil Jennings
Count Clodio John-Christian Bateman
Manuel de Sosa  Mark Wainwright
Guiomar Karen McCaffrey 
Peter James
Leopold    Steven Sheridan   
Hippolyta    Katie Hayes
Zabulon/Page Mario Christofides
Sulpitia Denise Heinrich-Lane 

Other parts played by members of the company.


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Directed by Chris Loveless
Produced by Michael Kingsbury and Chris Loveless
Assistant Director and Production Manager - Carrie Fewins   
Designer Anna Finch
Stage Manager Dani Prados
Lighting Designer Cristina de la Paz
With thanks to:
The Central School of Speech and Drama
The White Hart Kennington
Peter Craze and Crispin Harris at DSL


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Fallen Angel

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Theatre Company

Fallen Angel Theatre Company creates bold, imaginative and accessible interpretations of provocative and challenging plays. Founded in 2007 by directors Chris Loveless and Carrie Fewins, Fallen Angel is progressive in style and purpose, yet grounded in age old traditions of story-telling and romance

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The White Bear was established in 1988 and focuses on new writing and Lost Classics. It exists to nurture talent, extend possibilities and offer a space where risks can be taken.

It has also received numerous accolades including the Time Out Award for Best Fringe Venue.

"Fringe Theatre of the first order, The White Bear must be saluted for staging such work."




Forthcoming Fallen Angel production

The Remains of the Day - Musical

Alex Loveless' musical adaptation of the novel by

Kazuro Ishiguro

directed by Chris Loveless

Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning novel
The Remains of the Day
will premiere as a stage musical in London in 2010.