Preparing for Pepys

Based on the marriage of King Charles II to the Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Braganza, ‘The Rhyming Diary of Mrs Pepys’ is a bawdy restoration comedy.

Following successful sell-out shows of ‘Rags to Riches’, the new play is written entirely in rhyme and features a cast of nine actors.

Like her more famous husband – the diarist Samuel Pepys – Mrs Pepys recounts the sexual scandals and religious intrigues of the Royal Court in 17th century London.

Based upon factual incidents, as the scenes unfold details of Catherine’s extravagant dowry and Charles’ lascivious appetite and seductive mistresses are revealed.

The play is directed at a fast-moving pace by Thomas Hartmann who has professional theatre, film and television experience in the Netherlands. Maximising every comic moment, it has been written by author and Algarve resident, Carolyn Kain.

Extensive research has revealed surprising new evidence about Charles Stuart’s relationship to the current British royal family and members of the aristocracy.

The British and Portuguese connection between Charles and Catherine will be of special interest to local audiences highlighting numerous risqué happenings as well as containing many funny lines and performances.

São Brás Museum, April 10 and 11, 7pm
Tickets €8 – 966 329 073

Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra, April 14 and 15, 7pm for 7.30pm
Tickets €29, including three-course Indian meal, wine and show – 282 320 260

Feedback Bar and Café, Alcantarilha, April 30 and May 1, 7pm (dinner)/9pm (show)
Optional dinner reservations – 964 078 191
Tickets €8€ for the show – 289 432 425

Photo: Barbara Mountford in ‘The Rhyming Diary of Mrs Pepys’
Photo by: Peter Kain