by D.H. Lawrence adapted by Peter Gill
Royal Court Theatre, 8 November 1973
The Merry-Go-Round is Lawrence's second play, written in 1910 when he was 25. It is a romantic comedy set against the background of colliery and countryside that dominated all his work. The emotional content is as intense as you would expect from Lawrence, and the inevitable struggles between mother and son, and lover and lover, are drawn with his characteristic power and acuity. The play is as human as its characters, and like them it is wayward, tender and full of fun.
The Merry-Go-Round is directed by Peter Gill. It was Peter Gill's productions of A Collier's Friday Night, The Daughter-in-law and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd which were presented at the Royal Court in 1968, that first brought Lawrence to the forefront as a dramatist of world stature.
The sets are designed by William Dudley and the costumes by Sue Plummer.
Cast: Anthony Baird, David Daker, Gabrielle Daye, Patricia Doyle, Anne Dyson, George Howe, Margaret Lawley, Alex McCrindle, Oliver Maguire, George Malpas, Michael Melia, Mary Miller, Derrick O'Connor, Susan Traby, Marjorie Yates.
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