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By Robert Bolt

A guy for All Seasons dramatises the clash among King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas extra. It depicts the war of words among church and kingdom, theology and politics, absolute strength and person freedom. through the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and persistence, his purity, saintliness and tenacity within the face of ever-growing threats to his ideals and kinfolk, earn him prestige as one among sleek drama's maximum tragic heroes.

The play used to be first staged in 1960 on the Globe Theatre in London and was once voted New York's most sensible overseas Play in 1962. In 1966 it was once made into an Academy Award-winning movie through Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A guy for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a real and reliable playwright, a strength in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)

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More When, Howard? Norfolk Two, three days. They move about uneasily. Alice A farrier’s son? Norfolk Well, the Cardinal’s a butcher’s son, isn’t he? Alice It’ll be up quick and down quick with Master Cromwell. Norfolk grunts. More (quietly) Did you know this? Rich No! Margaret Do you like Master Cromwell, Master Rich? Alice He’s the only man in London if he does! Rich I think I do, Lady Alice! More (pleased) Good. … Well, you don’t need my help now. Rich Sir Thomas, if only you knew how much, much rather I’d yours than his!

Pray. Pray by all means. But in addition to Prayer there is Effort. My effort’s to secure a divorce. Have I your support or have I not? More (sits) A dispensation was given so that the King might marry Queen Catherine, for state reasons. Now we are to ask the Pope to – dispense with his dispensation, also for state reasons? Wolsey – I don’t like plodding, Thomas, don’t make me plod longer than I have to—Well? More Then clearly all we have to do is approach His Holiness and ask him. The pace becomes rapid.

More Very clearly. Wolsey Let him die without an heir and we’ll have them back again. Let him die without an heir and this ‘peace’ you think so much of will go out like that! ) All right, regrettable! But necessary, to get us an heir! Now explain how you as Councillor of England can obstruct those measures for the sake of your own, private, conscience. More Well … I believe, when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties … they lead their country by a short route to chaos.

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