The Oslo Players

Love for Love

"Pride, folly, affectation, wantonness, inconstancy, covetousness, dissimulation, malice, ignorance, lying, foppery, vanity, bragging, lechery, impotence and ugliness all in one piece!"

- Spoken by the character Scandal in Love for Love

In 1660, the newly restored King Charles II reopened the theatres of London on the condition that they did not produce any plays "containing any matter of profanation, scurility or obscenity". An ironic prohibition preceeding the growth of a comic genre whose sexual license and dubious morality has rarely been surpassed. Restoration comedy is about people wanting things - wanting money, wanting sex, wanting to get even - and the ridiculous things they are prepared to say and do to achieve pleasure or profit.

Love for Love (1695) by William Congreve is a classic work of the time, encorporating  stock comic figures from this age of courtly elegance. The list includes townish fops, foolish virgins, desperate lovers, scandalous rakes, unsuspecting cuckolds and country bumpkins. The play's primary lesson is, as the title suggests, that true love cannot be bought or sold - only given in free exchange. The hilarious and tragic repercussions of trying to buy happiness are as real today as they ever were.

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in Auditorium 1, Chateau Neuf
Thursday 11 November, 19:00
Friday     12 November, 19:00
Saturday  13 November, 19:00

Reservations: 66 99 40 87
Ticket Price: 80 NKr

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Last updated: 4 January 2000

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