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The Surprise of Love

The Surprise of Love

Pierre de Marivaux; Translated by Mike Alfreds

Oberon Books


“Misery is not just amusing but captivatingly charming, in Michael Alfred’s new version of sheer sophistication...Piquant and perfectly polished entertainment” –The Times


The beautiful Marquise has been left a widow tragically young...The handsome Chevalier has been deserted by the love of his life who has decided to take holy orders...Both have sworn never to lose their hearts again...Neither had reckoned with the surprise of love.

Pierre de Marivaux
is considered one of the most important French playwrights of the 18th century, writing numerous comedies for the Comédie-Française and the Comédie-Italienne of Paris. His most important works are Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love), Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard (The Game of Love and Chance) and Les Fausses Confidences (False Admissions). He also published a number of essays and two important but unfinished novels, La Vie de Marianne and Le Paysan parvenu.


Mike Alfreds is a director. He founded Shared Experience, has directed for Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company, was an associate director at the National Theatre and artistic director of Cambridge Theatre Company, renamed Method & Madness. He has worked extensively abroad, won awards for his productions and made many translations and adaptations of novels and stories for the stage.


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