(Formerly the Whitehall Theatre)
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THE RULING CLASS (play)
Ends 11th April
BAFTA Award-winning James McAvoy (Filth, X-Men) returns to Trafalgar
Transformed, following his Olivier-nominated, critically acclaimed
performance in Macbeth.
Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits
the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a
bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of
elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power
struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation.
Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy,
Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer Peter Barnes’
razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror
whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility.
The first ever revival of this classic cult comedy is directed by
Trafalgar Transformed Artistic Director, Jamie Lloyd.
Reports are that James McAvoy's performance as the Mad Earl is worth the price
of a ticket, and the monkey notes that in a large cast, the professional
reviewers all seem to pick out Kathryn Drysdale (Marguerite Gautier), Elliot
Levey (psychiatrist, Herder), and Anthony O’Donnell (Tucker).
The play itself they are less sure about. Some see it as still "relevant"
today, others as a huge range of styles, from Opera to Music Hall via Ealing
Comedy, that it doesn't seem grounded enough. All agree that it's entertaining,
though, even when the satire becomes a little heavy either through age or simply
the writing. Worth seeing, if you can get a ticket, seems to be the verdict.
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