The production stars Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl, Helen Keeley as Amanda, Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot
and Paul Sandys as Victor.
Jack Hardwick's suavely elegant Elyot
Chase, Amanda's former spouse, captures beautifully a kind of stylised elegance, adopting the clipped, stiff-upper-lip accent of the 1930s class-conscious male.
ADAM GARCIA, right, has been cast in the world premiere of the final play by My Night With Reg playwright Kevin Elyot
He and his life-long friend Gertrude Lawrence, above, played the leads of Elyot
and Amanda - a divorced couple who meet while on honeymoon with their new partners.
In his Defence of Good Women (1540) Elyot
sustained radical Platonic theses that had never been proposed in England before.
Chase is a frightful bully with a simpering wife young enough to be his daughter.
Certainly the first night audience at the Alex loved the razor-sharp wit and slick dialogue as five years divorced Elyot
Chase arrives in a French hotel for a honeymoon with his new love, only to find his vivacious ex, Amanda, and her new man are there for the same reason.
The story centres around a bitterly divorced couple: the charming Elyot
, played by Tom Chambers (Strictly Come Dancing), and the feisty Amanda (played by Laura Rodgers, Tipping the Velvet).
The term "encyclopedia" was coined in English by Thomas Elyot
in his Book of the Governor (1531) to describe the knowledge that an excellent speaker must have or, as Elyot
put it, "a heape of all maner of lernyng: whiche of some is called the worlde of science, of other the circle of doctrine, whiche is in one worde of greke Encyclopedia.
This section flows exceedingly well and Nicholson's reading of texts such as Thomas Elyot
s The Boke named the Governor and Roger Ascham's The Scholemaster is engaging.
In so doing, she offers a refreshed focus on mid-century humanist texts by Roger Ascham, Thomas Elyot
, and Thomas Wilson, noting that even when these writers are ostensibly concerned with proper Latinity, their works are also influentially reinventing what it means to speak English.
It tells of two couples - the suave Elyot
Chase and his younger wife Sybil (John Hopkins and Emily Woodward), and the impossibly elegant Amanda Prynne and her husband Victor (Kirsty Besterman and Ben Deery) - who find themselves in adjoining rooms.