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Lady Frederick, a Comedy in Three Acts

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Lady Frederick, a Comedy in Three Acts by W. Somerset Maugham is a delightful and witty play that captures the essence of British society in the early 20th century. The story follows the charming and flirtatious Lady Frederick as she navigates the complexities of marriage and fidelity.

Maugham's clever dialogue and sharp characterizations bring the play to life, creating a captivating and entertaining read. Lady Frederick herself is a complex and intriguing protagonist, whose actions and decisions keep readers guessing until the final act.

The themes of love, marriage, and societal expectations are expertly woven throughout the play, adding depth and substance to the overall plot. Maugham's keen observation of human nature shines through in his depiction of the characters and their relationships.

Overall, Lady Frederick is a charming and engaging comedy that offers a glimpse into the world of the British upper class. Maugham's wit and insight make this play a must-read for fans of classic literature and comedy alike.

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Lady Frederick is a comedy by the British writer W. Somerset Maugham, written early in his career. The play was first seen in London in 1907, and was very successful, running for 422 performances. The title role was played by Ethel Irving. In New York it was first performed in 1908, with Lady Frederick played by Ethel Barrymore, who reprised her role in the play's film adaptation, The Divorcee. In the play, Lady Frederick is an Irish widow, seriously in debt; she must deal with suitors who have various motives for proposing marriage, and with the man with whom she once had an affair. - Summary by Lynette Caulkins Cast list: Lady Frederick Berolles: Ailis Sir Gerald O'Mara: Anthony Joseph Mr. Paradine Fouldes: John Payton Marchioness of Mereston: Anna Maria Marquess of Mereston: Tomas Peter Captain Montgomerie: GlennProud3 Admiral Carlisle: ToddHW Rose: Christina Fu Lady Frederick's Dressmaker, Madame Claude: WendyKatzHiller Lady Frederick's Footman: James R. Hedrick Lady Frederick's Maid: Rapunzelina Thompson: Scott Caulkins Servant: David Purdy Stage Directions: Lynette Caulkins

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