D H Lawrence
a season of plays
Royal Court Theatre
The Plays take place in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
A Collier's Friday Night
29 February 1968
Written in 1906-7, A Collier's Friday Night was premiered on August 8th 1965, directed by Peter Gill, as a production without decor, for the English Stage Society.
Edward Garnett records that Lawrence pencilled on the manuscript 'was written when I was twenty-one almost before I'd done anything'. Garnett goes on: 'The warp and woof of the drama out of which the situations are spun are the bitterness between the parents and Earnest's relations with the women around him. At twenty-one, Lawrence had not yet evolved his philosophical doctrines about sex, nor had he developed the inner conflict between his selves. But his uncanny clairvoyance about women and the sex duel generally is declared in every scene of the play'.
It is a play which shows even more than his others Lawrence's largely unrecognised faculty for humour, in its rich comic situations and verbal wit.
7 March 1968
Written 1912, had its first public production by Peter Gill in March last year at the Royal Court Theatre. Acclaimed as one of the best new plays of 1967, the production, in which Judy Parfitt gave one of the most praised performances of the year as Minnie Gascoigne, was regarded as a significant landmark in naturalistic presentation and acting.
Set against the 1912 Coal Strike (the year in which the play was written), it is a passionate study of a proud and intelligent young woman's struggle to possess her husband from the domination of his mother.
The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd
14 March 1968
Written in 1914, this rarely performed play is a romantic tragedy: a study of a failing marriage and a doomed love affair with a last scene of tragic stature unparalleled in modern drama.
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