In an impressive display of gymnastics, ho ho, thank you, Professor McFee bends over backwards to demonstrate that moral judgements belong to the same class as aesthetic judgements; that the phrases 'good man' and 'good music' are prejudiced in exactly the same way; in short, that goodness, whether in men or in music, depends on your point of view. -- George


Jumpers opened at the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Theatre, on February 2, 1972. The production was directed by Peter Wood and designed by Patrick Robinson.

THE CAST


GEORGE -- Michael Hordern
DOROTHY -- Diana Rigg
ARCHIE -- Granham Crowden
BONES -- David Ryall
CROUCH -- Paul Curran
SECRETARY -- Anna Carteret
JUMPERS, etc. -- Ray Callagnan, Tom Dickinson, Michael Edgar, Tom Georgeson, Lionel Guyett, William Hobbs, David Howey, Barry James, Brian Jameson, Desmond McNamara, Riggs O'Hara, Howard Southern, Harry Waters

SYNOPSIS

"The protagonists include an aging Professor of Moral Philosophy -- trying to compose a lecture on 'Man: Good, Bad or Indifferent' -- while ignoring a corpse in the next room; his beautiful young wife, an ex-musical comedy Queen, lasciviously entertaining his university boss down the hall; her husband's specially trained hare, Thumpers; and a chorus of gymnasts, Jumpers." -- From the Grove Press edition

THE CRITICS SPEAK

Reviews from:
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The New York Times
The New York Post
The New Yorker
New York
Complete Review
USA Today
The Chicago Sun Times (scroll down)
Miami Herald
Curtain Up
BBC London
The Guardian

FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION

ONLINE

Tony Awards Web Site -- Jumpers is up for a number of them this year.
Debating the Existence of God -- While Doing Backflips -- From the Christian Science Monitor.
"Jumpers" Comes to Broadway -- From Newsday.
National Theatre Production Jumps to Broadway -- From Playbill.
Stoppard's Eight Lords A-Leaping -- From the New York Times.

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