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Stephen Jeffreys - PLAYS

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Stephen Jeffreys

Published by Nick Hern Books

A selection of the best work of Stephen Jeffreys, whose career stretches from an award-winning play at the National Student Drama Festival in 1977 through to an adaptation of The Alchemist for the RSC in 2016

Included here are his first big success, Valued Friends, a comedy of manners about the property market which won both the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards

A riotous farce set in the time of Elizabeth I, The Clink, in which a stand-up comedian becomes involved in the political skulduggery surrounding the ailing queen

An autobiographical drama set in 1966, A Going Concern, about a washed-up family business

And Jeffreys' smash-hit, The Libertine, a Restoration romp about the licentious Earl of Rochester, much revived and also filmed with Johnny Depp

Rounding off the volume are two previously unpublished plays:

Interruptions, inspired by Jeffreys' interest in the collective aspect of politics and his fascination with the Japanese aesthetic principle of Jo-ha-kyu

And a very likable, short autobiographical monologue, Finsbury Park

Together, all six plays represent the impressively wide range of topics and styles that Jeffreys can embrace

Above all, each one of them is intensely and enjoyably theatrical to its very core

REVIEWS

'I had the great pleasure of working with Stephen Jeffreys on his play, The Libertine. Would that all playwrights had his openness, his talent, his hard-headedness, his experience, his enthusiasm, his complexity, and perhaps best of all his talent and interest in eliciting the best in others' John Malkovich

'Stephen's plays always bear the kitemark of unique, handcrafted quality' Ian Rickson

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