Summer Season | July - September 2017

WINDOWS

by John Galsworthy

 
Tuesday, 22 August – Saturday, 9 September 2017

The first professional UK production in 85 years

“It’s ‘ardly worth while to do these winders. You clean’em, and they’re dirty again in no time.
It’s like life. And people talk o’ progress. What a sooperstition!”

1922. In the aftermath of the First World War, Britain is left questioning the relevance of the ideals and values for which it fought, but which society seems to have forgotten.

When writer Geoffrey March proposes to his family that they employ a young woman with a questionable past as their new maid, his high-minded ideals are suddenly challenged by those around him. Finding support for his beliefs in the girl’s father, a philosophical window cleaner, he follows the path which he believes to be decent and moral. But when his son begins to fall in love with her, the family discover that ideals can have serious consequences…

Described by John Galsworthy as “a comedy for idealists and others”, Windows is a fascinating exploration of class and of a generation struggling to catch up with their lives in a world that has been altered forever by war.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT JOHN GALSWORTHY

John Galsworthy was born 150 years ago in 1867. A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is today best known for The Forsyte Saga, but was also a leading dramatist of social reform in such plays as Loyalties, which was revived at the Finborough Theatre in 2006, The Silver Box, Strife, The Skin Game, The Mob and Justice – which led the Home Secretary Winston Churchill to institute a major prison reform. Alongside George Bernard Shaw and Henry Granville Barker, he was one of the pioneers of the new theatre movement at the start of the twentieth century. In 1924, he founded PEN, the international writers organisation. He died in 1933.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR GEOFFREY BEEVERS

Director Geoffrey Beevers is an award-winning writer, director and actor for theatre and radio. Direction includes The Middlemarch Trilogy, Dorothea’s Story, The Doctor’s Story, Fred and Mary, Audience, Adam Bede, The Beggars Opera, Silas Marner, The Neighbours and Pere Goriot (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Adam Bede (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, Derby Playhouse and Theatre Royal York), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arms and the Man and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and The Country Wife and The Case of Rebellious Susan (Drama Studio London). His original plays for theatre include Steak and Microchips and The Story of Jude. Adaptations for theatre include Adam Bede which won a Time Out Award, Pere Goriot, Silas Marner, The Middlemarch Trilogy, The Doctor’s Story and Fred and Mary. Original writing for radio includes Steak and Microchips, The Story of Jude and Unintelligent Design. Adaptations for radio include Rudin, Send My Roots Rain, Nocturne in Blue and Gold and A Proper Woman.
Recent theatre as an actor includes Amadeus (National Theatre), The Audience (Gielgud Theatre and Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, New York City) and The Heresy of Love (Royal Shakespeare Company). Novels include The Forgotten Fields and The Progress Road, both published by Fantom.

THE PRESS ON THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS OF WINDOWS

“As amusing as a Shaw play and infinitely more human” Homer E. Woodbridge

“It has the old great Galsworthy quality about it, the quality of intelligent indignation” Evening Standard

“The clash of opposing points of view and warring emotions makes drama flame into being” Manchester Guardian

“Windows is a very skilful piece of work” H. W. Massingham, The Nation

“Well written, full of dramatic interest, sharply humorous” The Observer

THE PRESS ON THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF JOHN GALSWORTHY’S LOYALTIES

★★★★ The Guardian, Time Out, The Financial Times

“Confirms that Galsworthy's shockingly neglected plays are eminently revivable social documents" Michael Billington, The Guardian

“The Finborough has also rediscovered an absorbing play written by John Galsworthy in 1922.” Susannah Clapp, The Observer

“Rarely performed plays are often neglected with good reason; but Phil Willmott’s revival of John Galsworthy’s 1922 work demonstrates something of the skill and scope of the playwright better known for his novel The Forsyte Saga. Loyalties is a cracker: humming with modern resonance” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“A valuable revival” Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate

THE PRESS ON PROJECT ONE’S PRODUCTION OF CASTE AT THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE

★★★★★ LondonTheatre1 and London Pub Theatres

★★★★ The Stage and Reviews Hub


“Eminently worth reviving…Victorian class-clash comedy with pin-sharp performances.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“A rare revival of his masterpiece Caste – a comedy-drama about social class where the humour still sparkles 150 years after its premiere in Charlotte Peters’ entertaining production.” Neil Dowden, The Stage

“An exquisite little shimmering gem to delight the discerning playgoer.” Peter Yates, London Theatre 1

“They have, without a doubt, ‘a hit. A palpable hit’, on their hands.” London Pub Theatres

“Hilarious by any standards, ancient or modern, suggesting that maybe even Queen Victoria herself would have cracked a smile.” Stephen Bates, The Reviews Hub

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 22 August – Saturday, 9 September 2017

Tuesday to Sunday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.

Prices until 27 August 2017

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (22 and 23 August) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 26 August 2017 when booked online only.

Prices from 29 August 2017

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Directed by Geoffrey Beevers

Presented by Project One in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Casting to be announced.

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