The Constant Wife

The Constant Wife by W Somerset Maugham is set in the 1920s.  Constance Middleton is married to a Harley Street surgeon, John Middleton, who is having an affair with her best friend Marie-Louise Durham.  Constance’s sister Martha is dying to reveal this secret to her sister, but their mother Mrs Culver forbids it.  However, when Mortimer Durham arrives and denounces his wife and John Middleton in front of the assembled guests, Constance cleverly rescues the situation, and thereafter reveals that she knew about the affair all the time.  A friend, Barbara Fawcett, offers Constance a partnership in her furnishing business, and in order to establish her independence, Constance eventually accepts.  She confirms her independence by going on holiday with Bernard Kersal, an old suitor, who has returned from China and is still in love with her.  Her husband, suitably punished for his errant ways, ends up by reluctantly accepting the situation, and agreeing to having Constance back after her holiday.

Cast:  Constance (Jane Kortlandt), John (Joe Crisfield), Martha (Katie Eynon), Mrs Culver (Sue Rider), Barbara Fawcett (Helen Dunford), Marie-Louise (Becky Crisfield), Bernard Kersal (Steve Bishop), Mortimer Durham (Michael Cooke) and Bentley the Butler (Phil Wright)

Directed by Michael Cooke.  Set designed by Tony Dent