Arnolphe, middle-aged man-about-town, has deliberately kept his young ward, Agnes, innocent of the ways of the world. Now she is 18, he intends to marry her, but hasn't told her yet. She meanwhile has fallen for young Horace, newly in town. There ensues a cat-and-mouse game with each of the lovers innocently revealing their secret plans to Arnolphe, who systematically thwarts them while pretending to be Horace's ally and keeping Agnes under ever closer guard. Eventually Horace's father arrives in town intending to marry him off to a friend's daughter, who has been brought up by a guardian. Arnolphe heartily endorses this scheme as a way of removing Horace from the scene, only to discover that the intended bride is Agnes herself.
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Author Biography - Liz Lochhead
LIZ LOCHHEAD, born in North Lanark in 1947, attended Glasgow School of Art before becoming a poet, playwright and broadcaster. Her plays include Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off, adaptations of Greek tragedies, Thebans and Medea, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2000, and two other Molieres. Following the success of Perfect Days (woman approaching 40) and Good Things (woman approaching 50), she is writing a play about a woman approaching 60 for the new National Theatre of Scotland. She lives in Glasgow.