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The Ruling Class - Modern Plays (Paperback)
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The Ruling Class - Modern Plays (Paperback)

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Paperback 136 Pages / Published: 16/01/2015
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Etonians aren't exactly noted for their grey matter, but I've always found them perfectly adjusted to society. 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's razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the first-ever revival of this classic cult comedy at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 16 January 2015.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474248532
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 145 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Witty, angry, ugly and alive * The Times *
Barnes's play has an intoxicating energy that allows characters to spring into song-and-dance at a moment's notice and still touches a few raw nerves. * Guardian *
It is a scorching and savage tragedy, yet its jokes are innumerable, and of a quality not to be found in any other play in London. Not only are they uproariously funny, but at the same time as they make you laugh your head off they throw wide open the windows of your mind, they enlarge your field of vision and they blow away the accumulated dust of ages. * Sunday Times *
Barnes's writing delivers pitch-black comedy that calls to mind the deranged magic of Monty Python * Evening Standard *

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