Ackland: Plays Two
"Smithreens", "A Strange Orchestra", "Before the Party", "The Old Ladies" v. 2
By (author) Rodney Ackland
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Ackland: Plays Two by Rodney Ackland
Book DescriptionNo other major playwright of the last 50 years has undergone such a reappraisal as Rodney Ackland. Interest in his work has renewed in the 1990s, starting at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, with further revivals at many theatres, including the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal National Theatre. In "Plays Two, " we are reminded once again of Ackland's dangerous gift.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781840020885
(210mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oberon Books Ltd
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rodney Ackland
Before the Party, Paperback (March 2013)
Based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham, this is a sizzling portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post-war life in Britain.
Ackland: Plays One, Paperback (May 1997)
Two plays -- The Dark River and After October -- by a master of the British stage. In The Dark River, set in the late 1930s, the flamboyant characters are cocooned in a Thames backwater, ignoring the turbulent events of a politically unstable Europe. After October is Ackland's most personal, autobiographical play.
Absolute Hell, Paperback (December 1996)» View all books by Rodney Ackland
Condemned as a "libel on the British people" when it was first produced in 1951, "Absolute Hell" is set in a decaying West End drinking club at the end of the Second World War. The 1995 production at the Royal National Theatre starred Judi Dench and was directed by Anthony Page.
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Author Biography - Rodney Ackland
Rodney Ackland was born in 1908 in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex and studied at London's Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. His first play, 'Improper People', was produced at the Arts Theatre Club, London in 1929. After his 1932 West End debut with 'Strange Orchestra', Ackland went on to have many other successes, but his work then fell into virtual obscurity for three decades until 'The Dark River' (1942) was revived at the Orange Tree, Richmond in 1985. It was acclaimed by Hilary Spurling in The Spectator as "perhaps the one indisputably great play of the past half century in English". The subsequent success of 'Absolute Hell' at the Orange Tree, Royal National Theatre and on BBC TV in the 1990s restored Ackland's reputation as a great playwright. He died in 1991.
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