The School For Scandal
by R B Sheridan
For many years I have wanted to direct this wonderful 18th century play and the Archway's millennium year of ‘The Best of British Theatre’ has given me the chance. This is a delightfully witty, elegant and stylish comedy which satirises a society consumed by gossip, deceit and superficialities. The ‘Man of Sentiment’ and ‘Lady of Fashion’ show themselves for what they really are only when trying to destroy the reputations of others while keeping their own intact. Act 4 contains the ‘Screen Scene’, one of the most famous scenes in the whole of English theatre, during which many of the deceivers are revealed for what they really are.
The focus of our production is Miles Beauchamp’s set which will be authentically 18th century in concept. Costumes designed by Helen MacIntyre will add to the period feel of the comedy of manners in all its colour, artifice and style.
And our Actors? Established Archway favourites, John Baldwin, Alex Gear, Catherine Gear, Jan Sparkes, Leigh Evans, Margaret Morris, Alan Tracey, William Fenton and Bob Comolli, are joined by new favourites Chris Yeldham and Andrew Roberts (both seen in George III). Need I say more? Well, yes, actually! Look out for Tony Hart, Samantha Richardson and Chris Dangerfield making their debuts on the Archway stage.
Egad! Your most obedient director,