Diary of a Scoundrel (based on the play Too Clever by Half by Alexander Ostrovsky) is a tale of one's man's mission to worm his way into upper-class society, no matter what it takes. Originally set in 1874 in Moscow, this social comedy follows Gloumov, a poor, young bachelor, in his quest to marry a wealthy woman and acquire a simple yet lucrative job in politics. To reach these goals, he will flatter and cater to the vanities of the wealthy. Unable to contain his disgust with his victims, Gloumov decides to give vent to his unvoiced satirical comments by recording his schemes in a diary. Acidentally, the diary is discovered by some of Gloumovs's wealthy acquiantances, which could mean the end of his scheme.
Escapade's production sets the play in today's London. The original Russian ladies, lords and merchants, here are English lawyers, politicians and estate agents: the modern equivalent of the ruling class. The servants are immigrants, abused by their employers and forced to live a better life on the dole than in underpaid employment
Sue Flack is directs this 11-strong production aided by Julie Nash, with a minimal surrealist set by Adrian. P. Smith, original music by Julian Jahanpour and Eddie Mann, dramatic lighting by Tony Murchland, choreography by Jan Clayton, hair and make-up by Patricia Mullen and costumes by Juliana Georgiou-Lormand.
Thursday-Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 6pm
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