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Court wit's tale looks destined to bring pleasure



Preview by Jack Foley

THE Ministry of Pleasure, a new play by Cambridge-based playwright, Craig Baxter, and directed by Stuart Mullins, will be at the Latchmere Theatre from Wednesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 27.

John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, was a leading
member of the group of 'Court wits' surrounding Charles II - a rake, courtier, soldier and one of the wittiest and most sexually
explicit poets in England, he quickly became a legend within his lifetime.

The Ministry of Pleasure combines sex and science, poetry and politics and features a cast including Martin Delaney, Charlotte Fields, Robert Gillespie, Amy Humphreys and Sean Patterson.

Returning to the Latchmere to direct the production is Stuart
Mullins, artistic director of Pursued By A Bear, who had a critically
acclaimed success with All Fall Away at the venue recently.

The play is written by Craig Baxter, whose previous credits include Again, at the Granary Theatre Cork, and Hard Sell, at the Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh in 2003.

Craig has also written for BBC Crimewatch File ­ Witness of Truth and Wanted and was script consultant on BBC's Trial of Guilt series.

Craig is also a respected
Zoologist.

The Ministry of Pleasure, Latchmere Theatre, 503 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BW.
From Wednesday, June 9 ­ Sunday, June 27. Tuesday ­ Saturday: 8pm and Sunday: 4.30pm.
Latchmere Theatre Box Office: 020 7978 7041
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