By Robert Bolt
A guy for All Seasons dramatises the clash among King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas extra. It depicts the disagreement among church and kingdom, theology and politics, absolute energy and person freedom. during the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and patience, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and relatives, earn him prestige as one in all sleek drama's maximum tragic heroes.
The play used to be first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and was once voted New York's most sensible international Play in 1962. In 1966 it used to be made into an Academy Award-winning movie via Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A guy for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a real and sturdy playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)
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But the life of the mind in him is so abundant and debonair that it illuminates the body. His movements are open and swift but never wild, having a natural moderation. The face is intellectual and quickly delighted, the norm to which it returns serious and compassionate. Only in moments of high crisis does it become ascetic – though then freezingly. RICHARD RICH: Early thirties. A good body unexercised. A studious unhappy face lit by the fire of banked down appetite. He is an academic, hounded by self-doubt to enter the world of affairs, and longing to be rescued from himself.
Is Lady Alice in bed? Steward Yes, sir. More Lady Margaret? Steward No, sir. Master Roper’s here. More (surprised) At this hour? … Who let him in? Steward He’s a hard man to keep out, sir. More Where are they? Enter Margaret and Roper. Margaret Here, Father. More (regarding them, resignedly) Good morning, William. It’s a little early for breakfast. Roper (solidly) I haven’t come for breakfast, sir. More looks at him and sighs. Margaret Will wants to marry me, Father. More Well, he can’t marry you.
Alice (hotly) I can ride, my lord! More No, no, you’ll make yourself ill. Alice And I’ll bet – twenty-five – no thirty shillings I see no falcon stoop from no cloud! Norfolk Done. More Alice – you can’t ride with them. Alice God’s body, Thomas, remember who you are. Am I a City Wife? More No indeed, you’ve just lost thirty shillings I think; there are such birds. And the heron got home to his chicks, Meg, so everything was satisfactory. Margaret (smiling) Yes. More What was that of Aristotle’s, Richard?
A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt