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THE WAY OF THE WORLD

Written by William Congreve
Directed by David William
Ian McKellen in the role of Lady Wishfort's Footman
UK Tour/Edinburgh '73, BAM, Wimbledon
14 August 1973 - 11 May 1974
Comments and Reviews
The most famous of all Restoration Comedies presents a picture of a society whose ruling passions are sex and money. This controversial production is updated to the Edwardian period.

In a double bill with THE WOOD DEMON:
14-25 August 1973: Nottingham Playhouse
31 August: Lyceum, Edinburgh
10-22 September 1973: Arts, Cambridge
4-10 October 1973: Theatre Royal, Bath
15-17 October 1973: Kingston-upon-Hul
22-24 October 1973: Theatre Royal, Norwich
29 October-10 November 1973: Opera House, Manchester
15-21 November 1973: Royal Court, Liverpool

In repertory with THE WOOD DEMON, KING LEAR and KNOTS
13-20 February 1974: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

In repertory with THE WOOD DEMON, KING LEAR, 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, and RULING THE ROOST
1-6 April 1974, 6-11 May 1974: Wimbledon Theatre

"The Actors' Company's production of Congreve's WAY OF THE WORLD is crude; lewd . . . pantomimic; hideously dressed, and undressed more still; above all it is lugubrious. . . It is no wonder "The Scotsman" demanded that it should immediately be withdrawn." Harold Hobson

"A production splitting at the seams with good things." Sunday Times

"Congreve's comedy with its wealth of sharply drawn characters is a natural for the Actors' Company" Financial Times