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The School for Scandal (New Mermaids)


Publisher:Bloomsbury Methuen Drama



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This classic comedy of manners portrays intrigue, gossip, and social climbing among the leisure class of 1770s London and explores the deceptive guises of society and fickle nature of reputations.

Middle-aged and a wealthy bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle marries a young and beautiful daughter of a country squire.  The School for Scandal socialites fill their days with the dissemination of malicious gossip with the consequences of destroyed reputations and marriages held out as pure entertainment. Lady Teazle is welcomed to their circle by becoming the object of nasty rumors and suggestions of an adulterous affair.

Playwright Sheridan skewers the London elite in this clever farce as he reveals the hypocrisy behind the human tendency to gossip and deceive.

The play was an enormous success during its first staging in 1777 and credited as a "real comedy" in contrast to the sentimental dramas that dominated the stage at the time.

Sheridans witty dialogue rivals that of the Restorations best playwrights, and his character names are aptly outrageous: Lady Sneerwell, Mrs. Candour, Benjamin Backbite and Mrs. Malaprop.

This edition also includes an article by Dr. David Cross on The School of Scandals original staging and performance requirements.

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