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Poll: Jubilee Playwrights - The New Elizabethans

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#11 armadillo


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:02 PM

The Deep Blue Sea and In Praise of Love are both masterpieces  and I enjoyed the recent revival of Man and Boy.   I wasn't very impressed with the recent revivals of Royal Hunt of the Sun or Equus but Amadeus is a truly great play. Not sure that anything else of Schaffer's will really stand the test of time (IMO). Off  you  go, explain why Schaffer's entire lifetime's work outranks Rattigan's 12 postwar plays.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

Peter Shaffer divides people because the elements which helped to make the original productions so massively popular also gave the impression that his plays are much more shallow, contrived, over-simplified and fake than they probably actually are. It's unavoidable that contemporary playwrights are favoured in compiling such a list because there hasn't yet been time for them to go out of fashion.

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