From poetry to a love story

2016-07-19 06:00
Dennis Benneyworth and Leanne Ferreira in The Barretts of Wimpole Street.

Dennis Benneyworth and Leanne Ferreira in The Barretts of Wimpole Street.

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The Fish Hoek Dramatic Society will tell the true-life love story of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street.

Written in 1930, this production is playwright Rudolf Besier’s biggest success of his career and will be staged at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg from Friday 22 July.

The setting is 1845, and Elizabeth is an invalid after suffering a riding accident which, it was said, injured her spine. From her sofa she has corresponded with many of the great literary figures of the day and written poetry, which has been acclaimed as great.

However, her frailty has denied her any mobility and normal life at all. Like an enchanted prince, Robert Browning comes to break the prison walls. Admiration for her work leads him to Elizabeth and his love for her seems to instill vitality into her. They wish to marry, but their greatest obstacle is not Elizabeth’s health but her father, whose tyrannical attitude to his children seems to ruin any chance of happiness.

The large cast features several names that are well-known to Masque audiences, including John McConnell, Jane Cohen, Erika Marais, Dennis Benneyworth, Wayne Ronne and Aubrey Hindle. This beautiful period piece is directed by CATA winner Barrie Howard, who was last seen at the Masque at the helm of the Valentine’s Soiree in 2015 and the successful Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2014.V The Barretts of Wimpole Street will be on stage Thursdays to Saturdays from Friday 22 until Saturday 30 July. Call the Masque Theatre on 021 788 1898 (weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and Saturdays until 12:00) or email to book. Visit for more information.


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