Never So Good

Cast: 2f 12m

Staging: Flexible staging

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2008

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.

Press Quotes

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

Telegraph

Cast: 2f 12m

Staging:Flexible staging

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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:

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

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