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Michael (1) Allen

MICHAEL (1) ALLEN  (1939 - )

Nationality:    British
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below is a list of Michael (1) Allen's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Artists And Models         Hook In Bath         Mr Beresford         Spykiller         What's To Be Done With Algernon?



Artists And Models

Synopsis:
The play is set in the late nineteenth century, an era of prudery and sexual ignorance. The central question in this (relatively) racy play is: can Hetty Mattingly - who has led a very sheltered life - bring herself to accept a proposal of marriage from albert Barnes? albert has asked Hetty to marry him every year for ten years, but after this year he will ask no longer. Hetty and her friend Lydia are artists; albert and his old Oxford friend (the local Vicar) somehow find themselves modelling for the ladies - in the nude.There is a happy ending.

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Genre:
romantic comedy Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Hook In Bath

Synopsis:
tells the story of how and why, in 1776, James Hook was persuaded by Smee to go to sea as the captain of a pirate ship

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Mr Beresford

Synopsis:
The story is told in flashback and is set in an English prep. school in 1953, Coronation year. Mr Beresford, a political refugee from Eastern Europe, is working in the school for a few months while he seeks permission from the Home Office to remain in England permanently. Lady Cynthia, the Headmaster's secretary, falls in love with him. The villain of the piece, Lady C's cousin, is a high-ranking civil servant; he uses Lady C's affection for Mr Beresford as a lever to gain what he wants from her.

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1st Produced:
Bristol    1999

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Show of Strength Company

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Genre:
love story

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Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Spykiller

Synopsis:
The play provides a big star part for the actress who plays auntie May, aged 60 . auntie is ex-MI5, and the plot concerns the search for a miniaturised nuclear shell which was being tested on Salisbury Plain before it was stolen. This is a commercial property in the Sleuth/Deathtrap mould. Spykiller won first prize of 1,000 in the 1990 Bouchercon competition for a play with a theme based on crime; the judges included Sir Donald Sinden, the writer Hugh Whitemore, and producer Clare Fox

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Genre:
Comedy Thriller Thriller

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Male:  7            Female:  1            Other:  -

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What's To Be Done With Algernon?

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This is a biographical play, based on the life of the Victorian poet, algernon Swinburne. It is in three acts, each of which is a monologue. The story of Swinburne's curious life is told by three people who knew him intimately. act I features Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford; act II is related by Mrs Doris addams, proprietor of Verbena Lodge, the flagellant brothel in St John's Wood at which Swinburne was a regular customer; and act III introduces us to Theodore Watts-Dunton, the lawyer with whom Swinburne lived for the last thirty years of his life.

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Michael Allen writes with A sharply-honed wit, crisp vitality And focused precision. It is A tremendously entertaining play. The whole evening is spell-binding. - The Stage

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Komedia Theatre, Brighton    1996

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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