A Journey to London
BY JOHN VANBRUGH & JAMES SAUNDERS
14 December 2005 — 11 February 2006
In the middle of writing A Journey to London, just as he had got his characters wound up and ready for the plot to take off, Restoration playwright John Vanbrugh put down his pen halfway through a sentence and never wrote another word.
In 1975 James Saunders (1925-2004) wrote a completed version of the play, creating a sophisticated Restoration comedy for our times - sex and marriage 1700 style with 20th century hindsight - as a country MP and his family come to London, only to find themselves caught up in the wicked ways of the city.
This delightful comedy, which was a huge success in the old theatre in 1986, was revived as the central part of an Orange Tree tribute to Saunders in 2005.