“The illusion of Victorian solidity conjured to perfection.” —The Telegraph
“Poetic, fast-paced and worth the trip.” —The Huffington Post
“Fascinating.” —The Stage
“Compelling throughout… an intriguingly conflicted play.” —British Theatre Guide
When Aubrey Tanqueray marries for the second time, he knows that his new wife, Paula, is a ‘woman with a past’. But he has no idea how that past will catch up with himin the end.
More probing than Oscar Wilde, more accessible than Ibsen, Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893) is one of the masterpieces of the Victorian theatre: sexy, dramatic, funny and very moving.
Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) was the leading playwright of the Victorian theatre. His plays include The Schoolmistress (1886), Dandy Dick (1887), Sweet Lavender (1888), The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895), Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (1898),The Gay Lord Quex (1899), Iris (1901), and Mid-Channel (1909).