A Mad World My Masters

A Mad World My Masters

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"London, Soho - 1956. Where glamour rubs up against filth, and likes it; where the posh mix with musicians, whores and racketeers; where 'virginity is no city trade', and where a dashingly impecunious bachelor in need of quick cash and a good time has to live on his wits. Turning conman to fool his rich uncle, he variously becomes a lord, a high-class call girl, and - God forbid - a poor actor. But a beautiful Soho tart is also on the scam: a whore to some, a religious instructor to others, and a debutante in need of an eligible bachelor to yet more...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1783190191
  • 9781783190195
  • 2,123,974

Review quote

"'An uproarious success akin to One Man, Two Guvnors... Foley (and his co-adaptor, Phil Porter) have most artfully edited, shortened and tweaked the gorgeously gamey Jacobean language of the original, putting a modern Carry On Gulling-style spin on the proceedings.' Independent 'Foley takes this tale of an unseemly scramble for sex and money in London of 1605, and transposes it, hilariously, to Fifties Soho...sections of the audience were left gasping at the ingenuity of it all.' Daily Mail ***** '...faithful to the smut, the wit, the bad puns and the general rumbustiousness of the city comedy - it's fun (and other things) with a capital F.' Financial Times 'The play offers an ingeniously dovetailed double plot - the genius of Middleton's satire on a world obsessed by money and sex shines through' Guardian"
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About Thomas Middleton

"Thomas Middleton (1580 - 1627) was an English playwright and poet, among the most successful and prolific of the Jacobean playwrights. He was one of the few Renaissance dramatists to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy. He remains one of the most noteworthy and distinctive of Jacobean dramatists. Sean Foley is an actor, writer, and director. A double Olivier Awardwinner, he co-wrote and starred in The Play What I Wrote, and Do You Come Here Often?, and his work has eight further Olivier nominations. His most recent work includes the world premiere of The Painkiller, Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw, and the West End hit comedy The Ladykillers. Phil Porter is a playwright. His plays include Blink, Stealing Sweets & Punching People and The Cracks In My Skin, for which he won a Bruntwood Award. His other work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes original play Here Lies Mary Spindler and edited versions of The Tempest and Pericles."
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Rating details

75 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 13% (10)
4 33% (25)
3 39% (29)
2 12% (9)
1 3% (2)
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