By Robert Bolt
A guy for All Seasons dramatises the clash among King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas extra. It depicts the war of words among church and kingdom, theology and politics, absolute strength and person freedom. in the course of the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and patience, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and kin, earn him prestige as one among sleek drama's maximum tragic heroes.
The play was once first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and was once voted New York's most sensible overseas Play in 1962. In 1966 it used to be made into an Academy Award-winning movie through Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A guy for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a real and sturdy playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)
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Impudence! More Yes, wasn’t it? Alice Old fox! What did he want, Thomas? More He wanted me to read a dispatch. Alice Was that all? More A Latin dispatch. Alice Oh! Won’t you talk about it? More (gently) No. Enter Margaret with cup which she takes to More. Alice Norfolk was speaking for you as Chancellor before he left. More He’s a dangerous friend then. Wolsey’s Chancellor, God help him. We don’t want another. ) I don’t want this. Alice Drink it. Great men get colds in the head just the same as commoners.
I’ve just seen young Roper! On my horse. More He’ll bring it back, dear. He’s been to see Margaret. Alice Oh – why you don’t beat that girl! More No no, she’s full of education – and it’s a delicate commodity. Alice Mm! And more’s the pity! More Yes, but it’s there now and think what it cost. ) Alice (pouncing) Ah! Margaret – hot water. Exit Margaret. More I’m sorry you were awakened, chick. Alice I wasn’t sleeping very deeply, Thomas – what did Wolsey want? More (innocent) Young Roper asked for Margaret.
More That’s dangerous, levelling talk, Alice. Beware of the Tower. ) I will, I’ll drink it in bed. All move to stairs and ascend, talking. Margaret Would you want to be Chancellor? More No. Margaret That’s what I said. But Norfolk said if Wolsey fell— More (no longer flippant) If Wolsey fell, the splash would swamp a few small boats like ours. There will be no new Chancellors while Wolsey lives. Exit above. The light is dimmed there and a bright spot descends below. Into this bright circle from the wings is thrown the great red robe and the Cardinal’s hat.