Fry: Plays Two (Venus Observed; The Dark Is Light Enough; by Christopher Fry

By Christopher Fry

contains the performs Venus saw, The darkish is gentle sufficient and Curtmantle

This quantity of Christopher Fry's unique level paintings concludes his 'Season performs' with Venus Observed ('Autumn') and The darkish is mild Enough ('Winter').

In the 1st of those, commissioned by way of Laurence Olivier, a convinced yet growing old duke asks his grown-up son to settle on a brand new spouse for him. Written with a wonderfully mild contact, this can be a strangely reflective play approximately love, energy and forgiveness.
The darkish is gentle Enough, set in the course of Hungary's insurrection opposed to Austria within the 1850s, matters an imperious, inscrutable aristocrat who turns out ready to sacrifice family members and loved ones for the sake of her daughter's scapegrace ex-husband.
Also incorporated is Fry's biographical play approximately King Henry II, Curtmantle. operating with the 'epic' theatrical sort of the time and using a brand new, leaner verse language, Fry captures Henry's strength, quickly wit and speedy mood, his dating with Thomas Becket - Chancellor and pal, Archbishop and enemy - and his eventually tragic struggles along with his 4 bold sons

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