Robert Bolt’s well known story of Sir Thomas More, one time friend and councillor of Henry VIII, and his clash with the king over his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, leading to More’s downfall and execution.
|The Common Man||Bill Platt|
|Sir Thomas More||David Reynolds|
|Master Richard Rich||Nick Curror|
|The Duke of Norfolk||Victor Hassan|
|Lady Alice More||Sandra Thomas|
|Lady Margaret More||Jacqueline Wheble|
|Cardinal Wolsey||Tony Broughton|
|Thomas Cromwell||John Keen|
|Signor Chapuys||Stephen Moss|
|Chapuys’s Attendant||Oliver Marsh|
|William Roper||Neeraj Pathak|
|King Henry VIII||Jon White|
|A Woman||Linda Panton|
|Thomas Cranmer||John Westbrook|
Sale & Altrincham Messenger’s Review by Rick Bowen
Garrick does Bolt classic proud
ALTRINCHAM Garrick’s latest production should have ‘made in Trafford’ stamped all over it. Written by Sale born Robert Bolt, ‘A Man For All Seasons’ is an intriguing and inspiring piece about a man who lived and ultimately died for his principles. The man in question was one Thomas More, a disarmingly decent person who had the courage to oppose King Henry VIII’s plans to divorce in his quest for a son and heir. While this seminal play doesn’t fall into the light entertainment category – you must be prepared to listen hard – it isn’t a dry history lesson either. Bolt succeeds in portraying the characters in a way that engages the audience and the scene in which More meets his family in his prison cell brings a lump to the throat. David Reynolds is terrific as More and gives a truly mesmerising performance that makes you hang on his every word. On the other side of the coin we have Bill Platt who brings us some much needed light relief as The Common Man, a cynical and humorous commentator on the events that unfold around him. Director Celia Bonner has made sure an ambitious play is accessible and enjoyable and Barry Purves’s set, with its chequered floor, put me in mind of a giant board game. But for those involved in the ‘game’ the consequences are ultimately deadly. Robert Bolt left us in 1995 but I think he would have been well pleased with the Garrick’s staging of one of his most famous plays. Who knows, maybe he was watching. Nice thought, isn’t it? Star Rating ★★★★
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