Susanna Centlivre's witty and fast-paced 18th century comedy packed with memorable characters.
As the spirited heroine Miranda engages in a battle of wits with her lover, the romantic Isabinda plots to escape her arranged marriage to a wealthy Spaniard.
Meanwhile the hapless 'busy body' Marplot tries his utmost to help his friends, but his valiant efforts only succeed in leading them closer towards disaster...
The Busy Body was written in 1709 and performed over 450 times before 1800. Robert Sidaway chose it as the first production for his convict company in Australia, whilst the character of Marplot was one of the most celebrated comic creations of the Restoration stage and was first performed by David Garrick, who counted it among his favourite roles.
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