- Arts Centre, University of Warwick (Warwick), February 17-20, 1993
Arts Theatre (Cambridge), February 23-27, 1993
Theatre Royal (Winchester), March 9-13, 1993
Connaught Theatre (Worthing), March 23-27, 1993
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre (Hexham), March 30 to April 3, 1993
Stadsschouwburg (Arnhem, Netherlands), April 5, 1993
Cultural Centre de Maasport (Venlo, Netherlands), April 6, 1993
Schouwburg Het Casino (Den Bosch, Netherlands), April 7, 1993
Stadsschouwburg (Utrecht, Netherlands), April 8, 1993
Schouwburg de Maagd (Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands), April 10, 1993
Stadsschouwburg (Amsterdam, Netherlands), April 12, 1993
Stadsschouwburg (Heerlen, Netherlands), April 13, 1993
Stadsschouwburg (Groningen, Netherlands), April 15, 1993
Leidse Schouwburg (Leiden, Netherlands), April 16, 1993
Donmar Warehouse (London), April 20 to May 15, 1993
Mayfest (Glasgow), May 18-22, 1993
NOTE: This production is part of a double bill and was performed along with The Blind Men
Perdican and Camille are cousins who have not seen each other since childhood. Perdican’s father thinks it would be a good thing if the two got married. Camille, however, is anything but interested. Perdican then helps himself get over the rejection by passing the time with the peasant girl Rosette.
Camille informs Perdican that she does not intend to marry him or anybody else. Instead, she wants to become a nun (having grown up in a convent where the nuns introduced her to the fact of life – their facts of life) because she does not believe that a man can love and stay faithful to one woman all his life, and she would rather spare herself the suffering. Perdican is angry at her deciding to throw her life away without ever having lived or loved.
Perdican manages to get his hands on a letter from Camille which says that he will never get over her refusal. Angered, he decides to hurt her by proposing to Rosette in front of her. Camille finds out that Perdican read her letter and decides to avenge herself in turn. She tells Rosette to hide in a room to let her hear her conversation with Perdican. Once having brought him there, she gets him to confess that it is her he loves, thus exposing him as a liar in front of Rosette. Overwhelmed by the shock, Rosette faints, falls down the stairs and dies on the spot. Camille makes her exit, leaving Perdican alone in his guilt over having used Rosette to spite Camille.