THE WOOD DEMON
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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 It is no wonder "The Scotsman" demanded that it should immediately be withdrawn."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
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