Never So Good
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781854595515Publication Date:
6 Mar 2008
Size: 198mm x 130mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
EPUB, 112 pages ISBN: 9781780013619Publication Date:
15 Oct 2014
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First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2008, starring Jeremy Irons

Never So Good

By Howard Brenton

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A fascinating portrait of Harold Macmillan in an epic play about the decline of British fortunes in the middle of the twentieth century.

Set against a back-drop of fading Empire, war, the Suez crisis, vintage champagne, adultery and vicious Tory politics at the Ritz, Never So Good paints the portrait of a brilliant, witty but complex man, at times comically and, in the end, tragically out of kilter with his times.

Harold Macmillan, the Eton-educated idealist who rushed, with Homer's Iliad under his arm, to do his duty in the Grenadier Guards, is tormented by the harsh experiences of war and an unhappy marriage. His career in the 1930s is blocked by his loyalty to Winston Churchill, and he nearly loses his life in the Second World War. When at last he becomes Prime Minister he is brought down by the Profumo scandal.

Howard Brenton's Never So Good was first performed in the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre in March 2008, directed by Howard Davies and starring Jeremy Irons as Macmillan.

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'Gripping, compassionate and often delightfully comic... his finest achievement to date'

Telegraph
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781854595515Publication Date:
6 Mar 2008
Size: 198mm x 130mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
EPUB, 112 pages ISBN: 9781780013619Publication Date:
15 Oct 2014
£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)

Also by Howard Brenton:

Anne Boleyn
Lawrence After Arabia
55 Days
#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Doctor Scroggy's War
Eternal Love
Faust: Parts I & II
Berlin Bertie
Miss Julie
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (stage version)
Paul
Drawing the Line
Dances of Death
Hot Irons (Bin End Stock)
The Shadow Factory
The Blinding Light

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