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.'
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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