World Theatre: Season 1, Episode 7

The School for Scandal (28 Jul. 1959)

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Felix Aylmer ...
Fanny Rowe ...
Lady Sneerwell (as Frances Rowe)
Redmond Phillips ...
John Moffatt ...
John Saunders ...
Alan Haywood ...
Athene Seyler ...
Tony Britton ...
Clive Morton ...
Rowley
Miranda Connell ...
Maria
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Crabtree
Gerald Cross ...
Snake
Ray Mort ...
Trip
James Bree ...
Moses
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Well done, but....
21 April 2012 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

Interesting early production of Sheridan's 'classic' play from a still young BBC. The most interesting thing about the production is the chance to see a very young and very thin Joan Plowright. Indeed she is about the best thing to see in this production. The only other actor I recognized is Felix Aylmer, who is basically playing the same part he played for many, many years. The voice will be immediately recognizable to anyone who has seen a British film from the 50's or 60's. Obviously the play was filmed on a soundstage, and there are a few 'flubs' in the dialogue, so it was obviously filmed 'live' with multiple cameras. Unfortunately the 'performances' are mostly stage performances with no nuances or subtleties. This all makes for a rather dull presentation on the whole, and makes it difficult to understand why this is a 'classic'. Maybe if there would subtitles so one could understand all the dialogue. It may be an important social satire, but it's difficult to judge given the lackluster presentation.


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