Date: August 2, 2007 11:49:54 AM CDT
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?
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
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