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The School for Wives


  • Playwright

    Lord Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Setting

    The scene is a square in a town outside a house.

  • Synopsis

    Molière's classic comic farce concerns a man called Arnolphe who thinks he's got it all worked out. He reckons that wives are unfaithful to their husbands because they are too well-versed in the ways of the world. He chooses a young girl, Agnes, and tries to grow himself a wife.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
A Notary Alpho O'Reilly
Horace Aiden Grennell
Chrysaldus Christopher Casson
Alan Milo O'Shea
Agnes Iris Lawler
Orontes Charles Mitchel
Arnolphe Maurice O'Brien (1)
Georgette Gervaise Mathews
Henry John Welsh
Production Team  
Settings by Kay Casson
Costumes Lord Longford
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Daphne Garratt
Produced by John Izon

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The School for Wives

  • Year


  • Published By

    Hodges, Figgis & Co.

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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Source Of Information

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