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A Mad World, My Masters

A Mad World, My Masters

12:01am 24th June 2011

The curtain's up on the first major production at York Uni's new 30 million pound building in Heslington.

The show's called 'A Mad World, My Masters.'

A Mad World, My Masters

Thomas Middleton, one of Shakespeare's greatest playwriting contemporaries and his close collaborator on several plays, is most famous today for writing two of the finest seventeenth-century tragedies, The Changeling and Women Beware Women.

But he also created a brilliant array of witty and entertaining comedies set in early Jacobean London, which explore with relish a cutthroat urban world, where the "best art" of the inhabitants is "to dissemble well". A Mad World, My Masters is one of the most inventive of these London comedies.

The play takes its audience on an exhilarating whirlwind ride through a series of plots and counterplots, with surprises around every corner and some of the cleverest comic plotting and dialogue written for the pre-civil war stage.

The action weaves together two contrasted stories of trickery and deceit (one involving money, the other adultery), in which those who think themselves most cunning - and who may indeed seem to be so - do not always win the race.

The play's demands will allow the outstanding technical resources in the department's new principal theatre to be exploited to the full.

Location: The Theatre, Department of Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV), Heslington East Campus, University of York

Admission: Advance booking for 'A Mad World, My Masters' is via the York Theatre Royal Box Office over the counter, or by phone - 01904 623568 - or online at www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Telephone: 01904 623568

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