Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (Arthur Wing Pinero) (Faber and Faber) (Paperback)

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Trelawny of the ‘Wells’

by Arthur Wing Pinero

Paperback: 160-pages

Published: Faber and Faber (21 February, 2013)

Cover artwork by Dewynters, inspired by Fornasetti

UK RRP £9.99

Faber and Faber’s new edition of Pinero’s glorious theatrical ode features revisions and additions by Patrick Marber (Dealer’s Choice, Closer, After Miss Julie) and is released to coincide with the latest London revival which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, on 15 February, 2013.

Premiering at the Court Theatre, London, in January 1898, Pinero’s cleverly constructed love letter to the theatre, set amongst the aspiring thespians and the non-theatrical folk of 1860’s London, still feels very relevant and relatable to this day, and proves a wonderful blend of broad, whimsical, yet gently sardonic comedy and poignant, heartfelt sentiment.

The play charts the struggles of one Rose Trelawny, the new ‘bright young star’ at the famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre, who, attempting to give up the stage for the love of her noble stage door suitor, Arthur Gower, finds herself torn between the challenge of fitting in to unfamiliar conventional society with her new love and the enticing prospect of a new play written especially for her to star in.

Pinero’s joyous celebration of enchantment, music and melodrama may now seem slightly dated in its original form, but thanks to Patrick Marber’s intelligent and cleverly tweaked new version, this now 115-year old play is bequeathed a fresh, clean and effectively rejuvenated quality, fully emphasising the mirth, levity and exhilaration of the Victorian stage.

Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ is currently playing at the Donmar Warehouse until Saturday 13 April, 2013.

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)

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