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Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th January 2019 at 7.30pm with a Matinee at 2pm on Saturday 26th
1932. The Great War had ended nearly 15 years before, but in Somerset Maugham’s compelling play the repercussions are still bitter and profound. What has the Ardsley family received “for services rendered”? How are its members coping with a changing society? Sydney, a decorated hero, was blinded in the conflict and is cared for by his sister, whose fiancé was killed. Another sister is unhappily married, whilst a third is pursued by an unscrupulous businessman. He, in turn, refuses to help a former navy veteran out of a financial crisis. Mrs Ardsley conceals the extent of an illness whilst lamenting: "I don’t understand the new ways.”
The themes of class, thwarted ambition and dashed hopes run through a play that peels back the apparently respectable surface of 1930’s England. When solicitor Leonard Ardsley is discussing the plight of a family friend who, despite a distinguished war record, is facing bankruptcy and disgrace he says: “If a certain number of individuals had to suffer, it can’t be helped.” This cold conclusion informs the events throughout the play.
As we mark the heroic sacrifice of the First World War, W.Somerset Maugham’s absorbing drama looks at the disturbing aftermath with the same deep understanding of character that he shows in his novels and short stories. Controversial at the time, this is a rare chance to see what one critic described as his “dramatic masterpiece.”
As Next Stage Theatre Company prepares to celebrate its 25th Birthday in May, don’t miss the chance to see this elegant production, showcasing many of the company’s most talented actors.