National Coal Strike
by D.H. Lawrence
The English Stage Society
Royal Court Theatre, 16 March 1967
The play takes place in Eastwood Nottinghamshire in 1912.
There will be one interval
|In Peter Gill's fine production at the Royal Court, Lawrence might not
have proved an English Chekhov but on its evidence, he could easily with
perseverance have become our Strindberg ...' its as tensely scarifying as
'The Dance of Death'. Judy Parfitt is just right as Minnie, her bone-china
intellectual palor flushed with thwarted sensuality.
Ronald Brydon Observer
|One of the best performances I have ever seen, is by Anne Dyson, who
makes the men's mother a wonderfully detailed figure, perfect in outline
and full of that kind of acting sensibility that irradiates a role and
makes It live.
|... the play manages somehow to brand itself on the imagination. It took
us back genuinely to its scene and its time. There was one point when we
might have come from the Court to find instead of the lights of Sloane
Square, the mining cottages of Eastwood, the Breach, and Dakins Row.
That kind of persuasiveness is rare in the theatre.
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