The Constant Wife

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The Constant Wife is a play by British playwright and novelist Somerset Maugham [1] (1874-1965). The theme is the double standard in marriage. .

The original text

Published in Selected plays by W. Somerset Maugham. Penguin, 1963.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1954: Presented by the Little Theatre Players at the Little Theatre in October, directed by Donald Inskip.

1966: Directed by James Gilhoulley for the Johannesburg Repertory Society at the Alexander Theatre from 16 February 1966. The cast consisted of Margaret Inglis, Joe Stewardson, Jane Fenn, Peter Prowse, Julie Mills, Jeanette Neale, Elizabeth Francis, Frank Douglass and Geoffrey Morris. Costumes designed by Ivor Kirsten.


World Drama by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949. p.840.

Inskip, 1972. p.142.

Tucker, 1997. p.213.

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