The Circle

Author(s): Somerset Maugham
Company: Orange Tree Theatre

Isn’t it fun being in love with someone who’s in love with you?

The sun is shining on the manicured lawns of the Dorset home of Arnold Champion-Cheney MP. The Great War is over. Arnold’s political career is blossoming. He has a beautiful young wife, Elizabeth. If only the servants would dust his antiques properly, everything would be perfect.

But Arnold’s idyllic life is about to explode into chaos. His rakish father is staying for the weekend. His scandalous long-lost mother is descending with her detested husband in tow. And there’s a dashing young stranger who seems far too interested in Elizabeth...

Will history come full circle? Or can one generation learn from their parents’ disastrous mistakes? Somerset Maugham’s sparky comedy of manners was first staged in 1921 and has remained a firm favourite with audiences ever since.

Performances

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

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