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 country, theology and politics, absolute energy and person freedom. during 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 relations, earn him prestige as certainly one of smooth drama's maximum tragic heroes.
The play was once 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 was once made into an Academy Award-winning movie via 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 reliable playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)
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Robert Bolt September 1960 Contents Sir Thomas More Robert Bolt Preface A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS People in the Play The Set and The Costumes Original Cast List Act One Act Two People in the Play THE COMMON MAN: Late middle age. He wears from head to foot black tights which delineate his pot-bellied figure. His face is crafty, loosely benevolent, its best expression that of base humour. SIR THOMAS MORE: Late forties. Pale, middle-sized, not robust. But the life of the mind in him is so abundant and debonair that it illuminates the body.
And the heron got home to his chicks, Meg, so everything was satisfactory. Margaret (smiling) Yes. More What was that of Aristotle’s, Richard? Richard Nothing, Sir Thomas – ‘twas out of place. Norfolk (to Rich) I’ve never found much use in Aristotle myself, not practically. Great philosopher of course. Wonderful mind. Rich Exactly, Your Grace! Norfolk (suspicious) Eh? More Master Rich is newly converted to the doctrines of Machiavelli. Rich Oh no …! Norfolk Oh, the Italian. Nasty book, from what I hear.
More (softly) Margaret! Margaret Yes? More Go to bed. Margaret exits above, More exits below. After a moment Rich walks swiftly back down stage, picks up the goblet and is going off with it. Steward Eh! Rich What—! … It’s a gift, Matthew. Sir Thomas gave it to me. ) He gave it to me. Steward (returns it) Very nice present, sir. Rich (backing away with it) Yes. Good night, Matthew. Steward Sir Thomas has taken quite a fancy to you, sir. ) That one’ll come to nothing. (Begins packing props into basket.