Friday, 3 February 2017

Escape (1926) written by John Galsworthy and produced at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in 1926

A scene from Escape (1926) written by the British playwright John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) and produced at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in the summer of 1926




"Galsworthy’s first play was The Silver Box, produced at the Court Theatre in London (now the Royal Court) in 1906 (Galsworthy, 1931). It was a play of ideas, in the tradition of Ibsen and Shaw, and set the tone for his dramatic output of 19 full-length plays, notably Strife, Justice, Loyalties and Escape. Perhaps it is significant that his one play overtly about Dartmoor is called Escape, first performed at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in the summer of 1926. It was a huge commercial success and ran for a year. Ostensibly Escape is a humorous thriller about the escape from Dartmoor Prison of a man whose only crime has been to protect a prostitute from wrongful arrest. At a deeper level, through a series of encounters between the escaped prisoner and people going about their lives on Dartmoor, the play proceeds to argue how rebellion against the edicts of authority"

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