A Woman Killed with Kindness



  • A domestic tragedy by Thomas Heywood, often regarded as one ofthe finest of the genre. It was first performed in 1603 in London and oftenrevived. In 1913 Jacques Copeau's famous Théâtre du Vieux-Colombiérin Paris, opened with the drama.

    The story involves the happily married Frankfords. Their domesticpeace is ruined, however, when Frankford welcomes Wendoll into hishome and soon finds his wife in the arms of their guest. Instead oftaking immediate retribution, Frankford determines to "killher even with kindness". He banishes her to a comfortable manorhouse but forbids her ever to see him or her children. Before shedies of remorse, his wife sends for him to beg forgiveness, whichhe grants.