Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cricketing playwrights

In The Guardian, prompted by a revival of The Real Thing by Guild member Tom Stoppard at the Old Vic, Frank Keating picks a cricket team of playwrights who loved the game.
I played against [Harold] Pinter's Gaeties XI a few times; Harold fancied himself as an all-rounder, but he can't have been as good as [Samuel] Beckett, whose last report in 1922 from Portora Royal School read: "A very attractive bat and a good medium-paced bowler with a sharp break-back". I read the other day that actor John Alderton, a fine Estragon in Waiting For Godot at the National in 1987, had been given a note by Beckett to imagine the parts of Vladimir and Estragon as "batsmen numbers five and six fretfully waiting to begin their innings at a Test Match at Lord's".

1 comment:

  1. My, the ever-spinning Richard Bean will be upset.


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