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The Rover, 1986
Playwright: Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689)
Director: John Barton
Costume Designer: Louise Belson
The Rover was written in two parts in 1677 and 1681 by English author Aphra Behn. Behn was one of the first women in England to earn a living as an author.
Revivals of Behn's work were rare and Barton was praised for rescuing The Rover 'after centuries of stage oblivion'. Imogen Stubbs played Hellena, a young woman about to enter a convent. Jeremy Irons played Willmore – the Rover referred to in the title of the play. The production was set in a Spanish colony and had a carnival feel.
The Rover was part of the first season in the newly opened Swan Theatre. The building had been reopened to show such plays.
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