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Title London Assurance (NT) / by Dion Boucicault
Edition Unabridged
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file (2 hr., 09 min., 40 sec.)) : sound, colour
Series National Theatre Collection
National Theatre Collection
Summary "Grace has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party in her father's place, Harcourt's son Charles also falls in love with Grace. When his father appears on the scene, he has to convince him that there is a case of mistaken identity and he is somebody else. Then Lady Gay Spanker, a married woman also visiting at the house, is persuaded by Charles to seduce his father and thus divert his attention from Grace. Much confusion and scheming ensues. Originally written by Dion Boucicault, this is a new version by Richard Bean which premiered at the National Theatre in 2010. Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw in this new version of the classic comedy about life, love and mistaken identity in 19th Century London"--Bloomsbury Drama Online
Notes By Dion Boucicault, in a new version by Richard Bean
Credits Stage director, Nicholas Hytner ; screen director, Robin Lough ; designer, Mark Thompson ; music, Rachel Portman ; sound designer, John Leonard ; lighting designer, Neil Austin ; textual revisions, Richard Bean ; choreographer, Scarlett Mackmin
Cast Nick Sampson (Cool) ; Richard Frame (Martin) ; Paul Ready (Charles Courtly) ; Matt Cross (Richard Dazzle) ; Simon Russell Beale (Sir Harcourt Courtly) ; Mark Addy (Squire Max Harkaway) ; Maggie Service (Pert) ; Simon Markey (James) ; Michelle Terry (Grace Harkaway) ; Tony Jayawardena (Mark Meddle) ; Fiona Shaw (Lady Gay Spanker) ; Richard Briers (Mr Adolphus Spanker) ; Junix Inocian (Mr Solomon Isaacs) ; David Whitworth (Doctor) ; Mark Extance (Servant) ; Prasanna Puwanarajah (Servant) ; Fiona Drummond (Doctor's daughter) ; Laura Matthews (Doctor's daughter)
Event Recorded at Olivier Theatre, National Theatre Live on 28th June, 2010
Audience Age recommendation: 12+
Notes Compatible with accessibility standards for most Level A (Priority 1) and AA (Priority 2) success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C). With the exception that audio description is not available. All the other audio/video-related elements are supported (synchronised transcripts, captions, play & pause controls, lack of flashing elements etc)
In English. No subtitles. Closed-captioned
Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on September 27, 2019)
Subject Love -- Drama.
Money -- Drama
Marriage -- Drama.
English drama -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Comedy plays.
Theatrical adaptations.
Filmed performances.
Internet videos.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Form Streaming video
Author Adaptation of (work): Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890. London assurance
Hytner, Nicholas, stage director.
Lough, Robin, screen director.
Thompson, Mark, 1957 April 12- designer.
Portman, Rachel, composer.
Leonard, John, sound designer.
Austin, Neil, lighting designer.
Bean, Richard, 1956- writer of supplementary textual content.
Mackmin, Scarlett, choreographer
Sampson, Nick, actor.
Frame, Richard, actor.
Ready, Paul, actor.
Cross, Matt, actor
Beale, Simon Russell, actor.
Addy, Mark, 1964- actor.
Service, Maggie, actor.
Markey, Simon, actor
Terry, Michelle (Actress) actor.
Jayawardena, Tony, actor.
Shaw, Fiona, 1958- actor.
Briers, Richard, actor.
Inocian, Junix, 1951- actor.
Whitworth, David, actor.
Mark, Extance, actor
Puwanarajah, Prasanna, actor.
Drummond, Fiona, actor
Matthews, Laura, actor.
National Theatre (Great Britain), production company.
ISBN 9781350935099
Other Titles London Assurance (National Theatre)