The Rover



  • A witty comedy of intrigue by Aphra Behn. SubtitledThe Banished Cavalier, it was first performed in two partsin 1677 and 1681. It was often revived in the 18th century and wasperformed in 1979 in Colchester with a cast led by Lynn Dearth. Thestory involves the romantic adventures of a band of hot-blooded Englishcavaliers in Naples and Madrid, during the exile of Charles II. Theplay's hero, the dissolute Willmore, is thought to have been basedon either the Earl of Rochester or Behn's lover John Hoyle.