You should have been here last night when I did Hades properly -- Furies, Harpies, Gorgons and the snake-haired Medusa, to say nothing of the Dog. But now I really do have to go. -- AEH
The Invention of Love opened at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, on September 25, 1997. The production was directed by Richard Eyre and designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Peter Mumford.
AEH -- John Wood
CHARON -- Michael Bryant
HOUSMAN -- Paul Rhys
POLLARD -- Stephen Mapes
JACKSON -- Robert Portal
THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY -- William Chubb
PATTISON -- William Chubb
PATER - Robin Soans
A BALLIOL STUDENT -- Ben Porter
JOWETT -- John Carlisle
RUSKIN -- Benjamin Whitrow
ELLIS -- Paul Benzing
KATHARINE -- Emma Dewhurst
BUNTHORNE -- Michael Fitzgerald
LABOUCHERE -- Benjamin Whitrow
HARRIS -- Robin Soans
STEAD -- John Carlisle
CHAMBERLAIN -- Ben Porter
CHAIRMAN OF SELECTION COMMITTEE -- Michael Bryant
MEMBER OF SELECTION COMMITTEE -- Paul Benzing
POSTGATE -- William Chubb
JEROME -- Paul Benzing
WILDE -- Michael Fitzgerald
"It is 1936 and A.E. Housman is being ferried across the river Styx, glad to be dead at last. His memories are dramatically alive. The river that flows through Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love connects Hades with the Oxford of Housman's youth: High Victorian morality is under siege from the Aesthetic movement, and an Irish student called Wilde is preparing to burst onto the London scene." -- From the Grove Press edition
THE CRITICS SPEAKReviews from:
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
the complete review
Albemarle of London's West End Theatre Guide -- A digest of reviews of the Royal National Theatre's production.
FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION
ONLINEThe Wilma Theater -- The East Coast premiere of the play. An excellent site, with many links to interviews and reviews.
A.C.T. -- The American premiere of the play.
The Language of "Love" -- Interview with A.C.T.'s Carey Perloff about the production. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
ACT Opening-Night Party a `Love' Fest for Playwright -- Society chit-chat from The Chronicle.
Word Perfect -- Interview with Stoppard about the A.C.T. production. From Examiner Magazine.
The Wilma Theater -- The East Coast premiere, February 9 through March 12.
A Shropshire Lad -- The complete text of Housman's most famous poem.
A.E. Housman -- A fairly extensive collection of his poetry.
The Housman Society -- Fostering an appreciation for all things Housmanian.
Perseus Project -- Primary Latin texts, from Tufts University.
Mythweb -- Nicely done introduction to the Greek gods and heroes.
The Wilde Bunch -- Discusses recent plays and movies featuring Oscar Wilde.
Adam Barker's IoL Page -- By an actor in the West End production. Includes a photo gallery.
OFFLINEAE Housman: A Critical Biography by Norman Page
Housman's Places by Robin Shaw
Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
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