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> From: "Primavera Productions" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: August 2, 2007 11:49:54 AM CDT
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: T S Eliot's 'The Confidential Clerk'
>
> We are performing T S Eliot's verse comedy 'The Confidential Clerk'  
> in London in August, and wonder if you would be kind enough to pass  
> this onto your society or mailing list members?
>
> More information is below or at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
>
> Many thanks
> Chantelle
> (Producer)
>
>
> The third play in Primavera’s three-month residency at the  
> Finborough Theatre, The Confidential Clerk will open on 12 August  
> as part of the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre’s
> [ rediscoveries season 2007 ] and their poetryatthefinborough  
> series. T. S. Eliot’s brilliant verse comedy has not been seen in a  
> professional production in Central London for over 25 years. The  
> cast includes Tamara Ustinov as Lady Elizabeth Mulhammer, and  
> rising star Antonina Lewis as Lucasta Angel.
>
> Sir Claude Mulhammer, a wealthy entrepreneur, wants to smuggle his  
> illegitimate son Colby into his household, so he employs him as his  
> new confidential clerk in the hope that his eccentric wife  
> Elizabeth will take a shine to the young man. She exceeds his  
> greatest expectations, however, when she claims that Colby is her  
> own long-lost son. Colby, meanwhile, becomes entangled with the  
> beautiful Lucasta Angel, who is in turn engaged to the thrusting  
> young businessman B. Kaghan. And nobody seems to have any parents
>
>
> The Confidential Clerk has all the sophistication of T.S. Eliot’s  
> finest poetry, coupled with a delightfully impish wit and  
> unexpectedly playful characterisation. It was first produced at the  
> Edinburgh Festival in 1953, after which it transferred to the West  
> End in 1954.
>
> Tamara Ustinov (Lady Elizabeth) made her stage debut as The Wife in  
> The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, directed by Sir Peter Ustinov at  
> the New London Theatre. Her successful stage career has included  
> roles in the West End, and for the Watermill Theatre, Young Vic  
> Theatre and the Theatre Royal, York.  Antonina Lewis (Lucasta  
> Angel) recently hit the headlines when she stepped into Billie  
> Piper’s role in the West End production of Treats on several  
> occasions.
>
> Playwright T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) was a Nobel Prize-winning poet,  
> critic and playwright whose work won him international acclaim. His  
> best-known poems, including The Waste Land, were published in the  
> early part of his career, after which he took to writing for the  
> stage. His plays, all in verse, include Murder in the Cathedral  
> (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). More recently, he achieved a  
> home in the West End with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats,  
> inspired by his poem Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
>
> Director Tom Littler is directing three rediscoveries at the  
> Finborough Theatre this summer including Ethel Smyth’s opera The  
> Boatswain’s Mate and H H Davies’s The Mollusc.  He has directed  
> over twenty productions including Stephen Sondheim’s Passion  
> (Edinburgh Festival 2006 –The Scotsman Critics’ Choice), and is  
> currently Assistant Director to Alan Strachan on The Letter  
> (Wyndham’s) and Sir Peter Hall on Little Nell (Theatre Royal Bath).
>
> Primavera was founded in 2003 and focuses on producing revivals,  
> particularly of plays that are unacknowledged and underperformed  
> masterpieces. www.primaveraproductions.com.
>
> Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London  
> SW10 9ED
> Box Office 0870 4000 838   www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
>
> Sunday, 12 August and Monday, 13 August; Sunday, 19 August and  
> Monday, 20 August;
> Sunday, 26 August and Monday, 27 August 2007.
>
> All performances at 8.00pm. Tickets £11, £9 concessions.
>
> Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours
>
> For more information, interviews and images, please contact
> Chantelle Staynings on e-mail [log in to unmask] or  
> 07769 906096
>
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Timothy Materer
Department of English
University of Missouri
Columbia MO 65211
Fax 573 882 5785
http://www.missouri.edu/~materert