MAGNIFICENCE by Howard Brenton


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MAGNIFICENCE by Howard Brenton


London, the early 70s. Poverty, homelessness, rising inequality, unemployment, industrial disputes. Five young activists squat a disused building and try to make a stand against it all. Fired up by left-wing idealism, but short on pragmatism, they discover that the revolution may be a long time coming and when the protest leads to tragedy, some of them are driven to more violent methods. Meanwhile, two Tory MPs meet for a quiet chat to pass over the reins of power. Both epic and intimate, Howard Brenton’s 1973 play Magnificence takes us from the grubby barracks of the revolutionary struggle to the heart of centre-right Tory politicking, creating a panoramic vision of Britain at a pivotal moment in history. Many of its themes remain burning issues today – police brutality, drug abuse, the deceptions of professional politicians, the social housing crisis and whether violence can ever be justified for political ends. Magnificence originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 1973, directed by Max Stafford-Clark and with a cast that included Pete Postlethwaite, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Kitchen and Robert Eddison.

Published by Methuen

72 pages

This copy has alot of written notes and annotations throughout and some highlighting of lines. The text is fully readable and the book worn, but fully intact.

Weight 0.150 kg