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Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity

By John Milton

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Wednesday 26 October – Saturday 19 November 2016

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tickets Running Time
Fixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £15 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62 Approx 1 hour 40 mins with no interval

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Written by
John Milton

Lucy Bailey

Additional Material
Patrick Barlow

William Dudley

Paul James

Movement Director
Liam Steel

Fight Directors
Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd


Andrew Bridgmont
Earl of Bridgewater

Paul Bullion
Monstrous Rout

Rob Callender
Elder Brother

Suzie Chard
Monstrous Rout

Theo Cowan
Younger Brother

Philip Cumbus
Attendant Spirit

Emma Curtis
The Lady

Danny Lee Wynter

Natasha Magigi
Sabrina/Monstrous Rout

Phil Snowden
Monstrous Rout

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Please note: this production has now closed.

'What hath night to do with sleep?
Night hath better sweets to prove,
Venus now wakes, and wak’ns Love.’


Deep in the woods, a Lady is lost, exhausted and separated from her brothers. After encountering a mysterious stranger – Comus, the God of Revelry – who promises refuge, she finds herself trapped in a magical palace, unable to move from a cursed chair. Tempted by pleasure, torn between wantonness and virtue, the Lady enters a warped world of wonder and horror, where gender, sexuality and morality prove fluid and unpredictable.


Milton’s Comus twists the conventions of the masque, leading the audience on an unpredictable and volatile journey.

Lucy Bailey has previously directed memorable productions of Titus Andronicus, Macbeth and Timon of Athens at the Globe, as well as Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic and The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC.

Patrick Barlow is the creator of the celebrated two-man National Theatre of Brent and renowned for his award-winning 39 Steps which has played in over forty countries and most recently his 4 person Ben-Hur and the Olivier nominated Christmas Carol with Jim Broadbent at the Noël Coward.