Marquee are please to announce Nikki Shiels will be returning to the Belvoir St Stage in 2017 (after a stellar year at the company playing Viola in Twelfth Night) to star opposite Toby Schmitz in The Rover .
The classic 1677 battle of the sexes, by the first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn.
Lost in a maze of masquerade and revelry, a ratbaggy gang of exiled cavaliers plunge into the steamy depths of Naples at carnival time. They’re led by Willmore, a seventeenth-century playboy who’s been round the block a few times and survives by his wit and exuberance. But then he meets a young woman who has the guile to expose the Rover’s true self. He’s almost prepared to fall head over heels for her. But she’s a nun. And there’s the most beautiful woman in Europe on the same street…
I want to do something wild and high-energy. And this is a sexy, dangerous play. Its honesty about the battle between men and women for power is striking given it is over three and a half centuries old. And also, what a treat to have Toby Schmitz back at Belvoir as the Rover himself. – Eamon
Writer Aphra Behn
Director Eamon Flack
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Pasonage
An astonishing play for a woman to have written at that time.
Lyn Gardner | The Guardian, UK
A sultry, sexy romp … The Rover is a Restoration classic.
Kevin Quarmby | British Theatre Guide
Behn’s work [is] a comic delight fit for the modern age.
Sarah Elizabeth Adler | The Daily Californian