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Methuen Drama, Dec 7, 1989 - Drama - 479 pages

The Ruling Class "is a scorching and savage tragedy, yet its jokes are innumerable…they throw wide open the windows of your mind, they enlarge your field of vision and they blow away the accumulated dust of ages" (Sunday Times); Leonardo's Last Supper and Noonday Demons are "two ironic plays of delusion…Peter Barnes' dialogue is rich in surprising verbal twists, intellectual allusions and splendid jokes". The Bewitched is "a feast for intellectuals as well as a rollicking example of folk theatre" (Plays and Players) while Laughter is a vicious satire on comedy itself and Barnes' People are eight monologues written for some of the great stars of the English stage which "let the listener into a whole and private world…their jokes in the face of existence were both burning and bitter." (Daily Telegraph)

"Peter Barnes is one of the unrecognised geniuses of the English theatre" (Plays and Players)


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Contents

Leonardos Last Supper
121
The Bewitched
183
Laughter
189
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Peter Barnes is one of the UK's most respected dramatists, with numerous stage, screen and radio plays to his name. His work has been performed by Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Paul Scofield (among others). He won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright award for "The Ruling Class" in 1969 and the Olivier Award for Best Play in 1985 for "Red Noses," His screenplay for "Enchanted April" (1992) was nominated for an Academy Award.