RADS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AT THE GEORGIAN
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, DL10 4DW
In The Critic or A Tragedy Rehearsed (first staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1779) Sheridan gleefully satirises the theatre of his day. Mr Puff invites the theatre critics Dangle and Sneer to a rehearsal of his latest play, the bombastic and improbable Spanish Armada. Sheridan sets about joyfully parodying the acting styles, theatrical conventions and Green Room foibles of his time with a subtle hilarity which remains sharp and fresh to this day.
Along the way, The Critic pokes fun at all those actors and playwrights who pretend they don't read reviews, directors who won't listen to actors, designers and stage managers who ignore directors, and lemming-like theatre patrons giving undeserved standing ovations. And, yes, those pesky theatre critics...
Presented by RADS as part of The Georgian Theatre’s 225th Anniversary celebrations and in celebration of 50 years of RADS productions in the Theatre Jim Brown's direction of this clever play is masterful as he links the issues of the play to modern day life.
The Critic was Sheridan's last play and he considered parts of it to contain his finest writing. Today's audiences will find the story to be as relevant to their lives as did the 18th Century Georgians.
The Critic is at the Georgian Theatre Royal from Wednesday 24th July to Saturday 27th July and from Wednesday 31st July to Saturday 3rd August at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information please contact the Box Office on 01748 825252 or visit our new website www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk