Maria, a wealthy widow, invites her long-time dinner companion Richard to spend a month at her house in Scotland. If she still likes him after a month together, they will marry. Their ... See full summary »

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George, Duke of Bristol
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Maria, a wealthy widow, invites her long-time dinner companion Richard to spend a month at her house in Scotland. If she still likes him after a month together, they will marry. Their mutual friends, George, Duke of Bristol, and his companion, Helen decide to make it a foursome. The humor in this drawing room comedy contrasts the vain, self-centered Maria and George with their gentle and sophisticated partners. Written by <mismith@brody.med.ecu.edu>

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Penelope Keith Gets Hers
23 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very funny play by Frederick Lonsdale has wealthy 40-ish Maria (Penelope Keith) deciding to take a poor prospective husband Richard (Benjamin Whitrow) to her house in Scotland for a month to see if they are really compatible for marriage. This radical idea (it's the 1920s) is backed by her friend Helen, a pickle fortune heiress, (Lindsey Duncan) and a bankrupt duke (Jeremy Brett).

Both penniless men aspire to marry the wealthy women so the idea of a month in Scotland suits all. But after the servants flee the house and the four have to fend for themselves, things start to go wrong.

Maria is a dominating woman who demands everyone to cater to her. The duke has a grating personality and insults everyone in sight. Helen seems like a meek little thing, and Richard scurries about waiting on everyone. But as the days pass, everyone starts to change. After the servants leave and the car breaks down, they are even more isolated. There's not even a phone.

Tempers flare and witty insults fly as the four gets more and more desperate. But after Helen and Richard make momentous decisions, the final straw is just too much ... and utterly hilarious.

Penelope Keith, Jeremy Brett, Lindsey Duncan, and Benjamin Whitrow are all perfect.


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