By Robert Bolt
A guy for All Seasons dramatises the clash among King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas extra. It depicts the war of words among church and kingdom, theology and politics, absolute strength and person freedom. through the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and persistence, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and family members, earn him prestige as one in every of smooth drama's maximum tragic heroes.
The play used to be first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and was once voted New York's most sensible international Play in 1962. In 1966 it used to be made into an Academy Award-winning movie by way of Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A guy for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a real and strong playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)
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More (innocent) Young Roper asked for Margaret. Alice What! Impudence! More Yes, wasn’t it? Alice Old fox! What did he want, Thomas? More He wanted me to read a dispatch. Alice Was that all? More A Latin dispatch. Alice Oh! Won’t you talk about it? More (gently) No. Enter Margaret with cup which she takes to More. Alice Norfolk was speaking for you as Chancellor before he left. More He’s a dangerous friend then. Wolsey’s Chancellor, God help him. We don’t want another. ) I don’t want this. Alice Drink it.
Doubtless he mistook me for someone. More He was very affable at dinner. Rich Oh, everyone’s affable here. ) Also of course, the friendship of Sir Thomas More. Or should I say acquaintance? More Say friendship. Rich Well, there! ‘A friend of Sir Thomas and still no office? … (Considers; then) The Dean of St Paul’s offers you a post; with a house, a servant and fifty pounds a year. Rich What? What post? More At the new school. Rich (bitterly disappointed) A teacher! More A man should go where he won’t be tempted.
No, who? )… Mm? Rich Master Cromwell. ) He’s a very able man. Rich And so he is! More Yes, I say he is. He’s very able. Rich And he will do something for me, he says. More I didn’t know you knew him. Rich Pardon me, Sir Thomas, but how much do you know about me? More Whatever you’ve let me know. Rich I’ve let you know everything! More Richard, you should go back to Cambridge; you’re deteriorating. Rich Well, I’m not used! … D’you know how much I have to show for seven months’ work— More – Work?