ONE of the classics of English theatre, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, makes it way onto the stage of the Swan in Yeovil from 6th to 11th May.
The famously versatile Swan members take on this 1777 comedy, set in London among the scheming, hypocritical denizens of high society. Lady Sneerwell and her cohorts didn’t need Twitter or Facebook to promulgate their rumours and slanders and the results of their fake news, though not so widely seen, were just as damaging.
This is a biting satire on an ostensibly polite society, filled with dazzlingly sharp repartee, a non-stop barrage of wit and farcical situations. Numerous plots intertwine. An old man tries to manage his young wife, a widow takes revenge on those who maligned her, two brothers whose characters are the opposite of what they seem and a rich uncle from the far east who returns unexpectedly.
As Lady Sneerwell says: “Wounded myself in the early part of my life by the envenomed tongue of slander, I confess I have since known no pleasure equal to the reducing others to the level of my own injured reputation”
Alan Morris directs the Swan production, on stage at 7.45 nightly. For more information, visit the Swan website, www.swan-theatre.co.uk or telephone 01935 428646.