The Way Of The World

The Way Of The World

3.6 (5) · Comedy

Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.


Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

Following their collaboration on the mesmerising Roots in 2013, James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett in the role of Lady Wishfort.

Critic reviews

Dazzlingly portrayed


Sparkling restoration of Congreve's comic gem

The Guardian

A serviceable revival of Congreve's complex comedy.

The Telegraph

Beautifully accomplished

Whats On Stage

A slick, handsome production

The Stage

Boldly naturalistic take on a classic Restoration comedy...

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 29 Mar - Sat 26 May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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