Review of A Mad World My Masters - Darlington Civic Theatre
THOMAS Middleton’s A Mad World My Masters has been transformed by Sean Foley, The RSC and English Touring Theatre, as they transport this Jacobean drama from 1608 to Soho in the 1950s. The text has been cut and slight changes made especially of the characters names and the humour keeping it accessible to a modern audience.
The main element of the story follows Dick Follywit, Joe Banister, as he attempts to get his hands on the fortunes of his rich uncle, Sir Bounteous Peersucker, Ian Redford. The double entendres come thick and fast providing many laughs
The set and costumes are stunning as are the scene changes, which are just as lively as the actual main production. The 1950s music provided by the Jazz band on stage with a superb Jazz singer add to the action as does the cast suddenly belting out a song.
The production is slick throughout, full of colour both in sight and language and a perfectly filthy entertaining evening.