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The School For Scandal – Sat 13th May
Saturday 13th May 2017
Camp Theatre presents
The School For Scandal
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Attempted seduction, thwarted love, celebrity marital discord, a family feud.
The column inches of the popular press gossip pages have their readers drooling at the salacious scandal. The tabloid press in 2017 ? No, it’s the late eighteenth century and George the third is on the throne.
When the older bachelor Sir Peter Teazle takes a younger wife the backbiting society gossips led by Lady Sneerwell have a field day; but Lady Sneerwell also has designs on one of two brothers and uses her influence on one to thwart a love match for the other. The unexpected appearance of their uncle, who holds the key to their financial security, involves disguises and deceptions that confirm the true nature of the young men’s characters at the same time that an attempted seduction of Lady Teazle is exposed. But which brother is the guilty party and how will matters be resolved?
Almost two hundred and forty years after its first production The School for Scandal remains as fresh and relevant to modern society as it was when it opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 8th May 1777. A contemporary critic wrote “The School for Scandal is…perhaps the most finished and faultless comedy which we have. People all around are exclaiming ‘Surely it is impossible for anything to be cleverer’. Besides the wit and ingenuity of this play there is a genial spirit of frankness and generosity about it that relieves the heart as well as clears the lungs”.
The play’s enduring qualities and success were acknowledged in 21st Century Britain when Michael Billington, drama critic for The Guardian, selected it to appear in his compendium “The 101 Greatest Plays”. The critique of Sheridan’s masterpiece refers to it as “timeless comedy…beautifully plotted…writing of that texture induces a delight bordering on ecstasy”.
The School for Scandal is, not without reason, the most performed comedy in the history of British Theatre and promises to delight even the most sophisticated of modern audiences.
Camp Theatre was founded in 1994. A not for profit Community Theatre Company, it has now presented over fifty productions and raised in excess of £50,000 for a variety of local, national and international charities. Previous touring productions include A Man For All Seasons, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Lying Kind, The Browning Version, Hay Fever, When We Are Married, In The Cub and Secrets.
Tickets £10.00/£9.00 concessions