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 nation, theology and politics, absolute energy and person freedom. during 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 relations, earn him prestige as one among sleek drama's maximum tragic heroes.

The play used to be first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and used to be voted New York's most sensible overseas Play in 1962. In 1966 it was once made into an Academy Award-winning movie via 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 reliable playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)

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Alice God’s body, Thomas, remember who you are. Am I a City Wife? More No indeed, you’ve just lost thirty shillings I think; there are such birds. And the heron got home to his chicks, Meg, so everything was satisfactory. Margaret (smiling) Yes. More What was that of Aristotle’s, Richard? Richard Nothing, Sir Thomas – ‘twas out of place. Norfolk (to Rich) I’ve never found much use in Aristotle myself, not practically. Great philosopher of course. Wonderful mind. Rich Exactly, Your Grace! Norfolk (suspicious) Eh?

Sir Thomas More More is a man of an angel’s wit and singular learning; I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness, and affability? And as time requireth a man of marvellous mirth and pastimes; and sometimes of as sad gravity: a man for all seasons. Robert Whittinton (1520) He was the person of the greatest virtue these islands ever produced. Jonathan Swift (1736) Robert Bolt Robert Bolt (1924-1995) was born at Sale, near Manchester, the son of a shopkeeper. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and continuing at Manchester University he graduated in history in 1949.

Exit Chapuys. More looks after him. Then: More (abstracted) … spiritu tuo … Boatman (mournful; he is squatting on the ground) People seem to think boats stay afloat on their own, sir, but they don’t; they cost money. ) Take anchor rope, sir, you may not believe me for a little skiff like mine, but it’s a penny a fathom. ) And with a young wife, sir, as you know. … The river looks very black tonight. They say it’s silting up, is that so? Boatman (joining him) Not in the middle, sir. There’s a channel there getting deeper all the time.

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