Royal Shakespeare Company /
English Touring Theatre
A Mad World My Masters

by Thomas Middleton
edited by Sean Foley and Phil Porter

29 April 2015 - 9 May 2015 / 19:30, 14:30

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Transported to the seedy surroundings of 1950s Soho, Thomas Middleton’s wickedly funny comedy arrives in London for a limited season, having delighted audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Turning con man to fool his rich uncle, Richard Follywit variously becomes a lord, a high-class call girl and – God forbid – a poor actor. But beautiful Soho tart, Miss Truly Kidman, is also on the scam: a whore to some, a religious instructor to others, and a debutante in need of an eligible bachelor to yet more…

In this mad, boisterous world, glamour rubs up against filth, and likes it; the posh mix with musicians, prostitutes and racketeers; and a dashing bachelor in need of quick cash is forced to live on his wits.

Acclaimed as a ‘whopping success’ (Independent), Sean Foley’s uproarious update of this lesser-known play features a live 1950s-style band and post-war setting yet retains all the biting satire of the Jacobean original.

Music by Ben and Max Ringham
‘A disgracefully entertaining evening’ Daily Telegraph 

2 hours 50 mins/including an interval 

Age guidance 14+

Thu 7 May, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance

Thu 7 May
Post show talk with live captioning
Free to same-day ticket holders

Fri 8 May, 7.30pm
Audio-described performance
with Touch Tour (6.30–7pm)

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This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance


Presented by the Barbican

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company / English Touring Theatre

The RSC is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


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