By Gail McKay

The School for Scandal was first performed in 1777 and is incredibly fast pace and tightly packed lot. Here’s the quickest summary I could manage:

Sir Oliver has a fortune and two nephews, Charles, and Joseph. Sir Oliver can’t decide which nephew to leave everything to so does a bit of digging.

Both Charles and Joseph are in love with Maria. Maria and Lady Scandal are both in love with Charles. Lady Scandal attempts to wreck the relationship between Charles and Maria by spreading malicious rumours about Charles’s reputation.

And to add to the chaos, Sir Peter Teazle has married a much younger woman; they argue about money constantly. Lady Teazle flirts with Joseph, primarily because her husband thinks something is already going on there. Are you keeping up?

Amazing performances from the whole cast, Lydea Perkins was fantastic as Mrs Candour, she was able to portray an older character with amazing physicality without the use of aging makeup. She was hilarious. Fans of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be thrilled to see Joseph Marcell starring as Sir Peter Teazle.

The play although written in 1777 keeps a modern audience engaged with costumes moved to the mid 20th century, shiny buttons and bright socks for the gents, and glamourous tailoring for the ladies, using an ice-cream palette for the costumes and the set.

The themes are as relevant today as ever, with malicious and often completely made-up gossip serving as social currency.

It’s a sophisticated play littered with absolute zingers so pay attention!

Devonshire Park Theatre

Tue 19 Mar 2024 – Sat 23 Mar 2024

Times: 7.45pm

Wed & Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Run time: Approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including interval