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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 energy and person freedom. during the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and persistence, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and kinfolk, earn him prestige as one in every of glossy 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 top overseas Play in 1962. In 1966 it used to be 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 strong playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)

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More (warmly) Oh, congratulations, Roper! Roper My family may not be at the palace, sir, but in the City – More The Ropers were advocates when the Mores were selling pewter; there’s nothing wrong with your family. There’s nothing wrong with your fortune – there’s nothing wrong with you – (sourly) except you need a clock— Roper I can buy a clock, sir. More Roper, the answer’s ‘no’. ) And will be ‘no’ so long as you’re a heretic. Roper (firing) That’s a word I don’t like, Sir Thomas! More It’s not a likeable word.

Into this bright circle from the wings is thrown the great red robe and the Cardinal’s hat. The Common Man enters from the opposite wing and roughly piles them into his basket. He then takes from his pocket a pair of spectacles and from the basket a book. He reads: Common Man (reading) ‘Whether we follow tradition in ascribing Wolsey’s death to a broken heart, or accept Professor Larcomb’s less feeling diagnosis of pulmonary pneumonia, its effective cause was the King’s displeasure. He died at Leicester on 29 November 1530 while on his way to the Tower under charge of High Treason.

Rich What—! … It’s a gift, Matthew. Sir Thomas gave it to me. ) He gave it to me. Steward (returns it) Very nice present, sir. Rich (backing away with it) Yes. Good night, Matthew. Steward Sir Thomas has taken quite a fancy to you, sir. ) That one’ll come to nothing. (Begins packing props into basket. ) My master Thomas More would give anything to anyone. Some say that’s good and some say that’s bad, but I say he can’t help it – and that’s bad … because some day someone’s going to ask him for something that he wants to keep; and he’ll be out of practice.

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