Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Arthur & George on Stage

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse present
Arthur & George
Adapted for the stage by David Edgar
Based on the novel by Julian Barnes
Fri., 19 Mar 2010 – Sat., 10 Apr 2010.

Birmingham solicitor George Edalji has been convicted of a terrible crime and is desperate to prove his innocence. After his release from prison he recruits the help of none other than expert crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help solve his mysterious case and hopefully win him a pardon.

This powerful new stage adaptation, based on Julian Barnes’ semi-fictional novel, brings vividly to life the events of a hundred years ago which made sensational headlines as The Great Wyrley Outrages. As gripping as any of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Arthur & George also raises many questions about guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race.

Birmingham born, and internationally acclaimed playwright, David Edgar has written many plays including Destiny, Pentecost, Playing With Fire and Testing The Echo and his stage adaptations include Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde and Nicholas Nickleby. His most recent work for The REP was a new translation of Brecht’s Galileo.

Visit the Birmingham Repertory website for ticketing and performance information: http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/arthur-george

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At 07 February, 2010 05:56, Anonymous Carin Goodwin said...

I am afraid that I cannot comment on the stage production, never having seen it. The book, however, is more than likely my favourite book (if there can be such a thing). I think the way in which the theme of rationalism vs "mysticism" is explored is done better than any other version of this theme I have ever read.
Regarding love and betrayal:I still cannot entirely decide whether Arthur was unfaithful to his wife- this would surely depend on whether it is possible to successfully force oneself to fall out of love. If so, then he was unfaithful, because he maybe should have done this. If not, he did extremely well with all that subverted sexually and what not.
As a philosopher it was an enormous pleasure to me to constantly come across references, overt and covert, to issues around reality and truth (absolute or relative, epistemically constrained or evidence transcendent?)
I am now reading Cross Channel.
Carin Goodwin (South Africa) www.importantsandwiches.blogspot.com

At 07 February, 2010 06:27, Anonymous Carin Goodwin said...

Correction above: "...all that subverted sexuality and what not,..."

C. G.


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