The Grand Old Duke of York

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This was first new play in the West End this trip. Written by Laura Wade and playing at the Duke of York Theatre in St Martin’s Lane. It is currently being adapted for film, so stand-by.

It would be difficult not to like a story of 10 upper class Oxford students, members of a notorious dining society, ‘the Riot Club’ – a parody on the Bullingdon Club of which the current PM and Mayor of London were both members. It looks at our fascination with the upper classes, reflected in the recent success of Downton Abbey, and bringing some reminders of Brideshead Revisited, Cambridge Spies and Another Country but with the occasional subtlety of a fraternity house flick..

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Of course it can’t help not have a happy ending, but with the whiff of the power class remaining.

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