THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
Abbey Theatre, Dublin Until Jan 27 8pm ¤30-¤12 Sats 2.30pm 01-8787222 There’s no blotting it out; the English theatre owes a lot to Dublin writers. Dorset Street alone produced two immortals, Sean O Casey and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. (Both went to live and work in England, but that’s another story.) Sheridan wrote at least two classic plays that endure for the best of reasons. They are the sharpest of satires with delightfully exaggerated characters, ingenious plots and truly creative language – think of Mrs Malaprop and her “nice derangement of epitaphs”. The Abbey will shine this Yuletide with what is considered to be Sheridan’s masterpiece (although The Rivals is close). In The School for Scandal, upper-crust society comes under a merciless cosh as greed, self-aggrandisement and hypocrisy are flayed for our entertainment. Lady Sneerwell, Sir Benjamin Backbite and the others, interpreted by an excellent acting team, will be put through the hoops by Jimmy Fay, in his directorial debut in the Abbey.