Plays by A. W. Pinero: The Schoolmistress, The Second Mrs Tanqueray, Trelawny of the 'Wells', The Thunderbolt
This volume contains four plays by the leading late Victorian and Edwardian playwright Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934). It provides a representative sample of the work of a writer who far outshone his rivals (including both Wilde and Shaw) in his own day, and inspired such successors as Somerset Maugham and Terence Rattigan in the genre of the 'wellmade play', and Ben Travers in the writing of farce. The plays are The Schoolmistress (1866), one of the famous Court farces; The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893), the best known of all the plays about 'a woman with a past'; Trelawny of the 'Wells' (1898), a much-loved backstage romance; and The Thunderbolt (1908), a pioneering social drama. Two of the plays (The Schoolmistress and The Thunderbolt), are not available in print elsewhere. This scholarly edition includes an introduction, a biographical account, a full list of Pinero's plays in performance and publication, and several important appendixes, including an alternative ending to The Schoolmistress and significant variants in the text of The Second Mrs Tanqueray.
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an alternative ending
TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS
Ever of Thee by George Linley and Foley Hall
THE THUNDERBOLT table of events
ABLETT Admiral Rankling ANN and LOUISA ARTHUR AUBREY AVONIA BERNSTEIN Cannon Row Captain Ardale Cavendish Square Cayley chair COLPOYS coming CORTELYON CYRIL dear DENYER DINAH door DRUMMLE ELKIN and VALLANCE ELLEAN enters face FCENIX fireplace GADD gentleman girl goes going head HELEN HUGH husband Hush IMOGEN JAMES and STEPHEN JANE JAYNE JOYCE kissing LADY ORREYED letter Linchpool London looking ma'am MALLORY married MISQUITH MISS DYOTT MISS GOWER Miss Hesslerigge Miss Thornhill Miss Trelawny morning Mortimore MOSSOP mother never night nodding O'DWYER opens PAULA Paulover pause PEGGY PHYLLIS piano Pinero's play PONTING poor QUECKETT REGINALD rising ROSE round SAUNDERS seated Second Mrs Tanqueray settee shaking hands Singlehampton SIR WILLIAM Sir William Gower sitting Tanqueray TELFER tell THADDEUS Thank Theatre there's to-night TRIST turning TYLER Vere walking What's wife window woman Wrench writing-table