MACKLIN:METHOD AND MADNESS Written by Michael James Ford and Gary Jermyn
A new comedy about the strolling player from Donegal who survived a murder charge to become a giant of the london stage.
It is February 1941. London is being ravaged by the Blitz.In the basement of the BBC, a radio play is about to be broadcast to celebrate the life of the legendary 18th Century actor, Charles Macklin, who rose from humble origins in Donegal to a triumphant career on the London stage. Quarrelsome and hot-tempered, Macklin was dogged by controversy, including an infamous backstage killing.Valentine’s Day, 1941, marks the bicentenary of Macklin’s greatest success - his debut as Shylock in the “Merchant of Venice” . His performance was the sensation of the age and thrilled and terrified Royalty and commoners alike. “ This was the Jew that Shakespeare drew “ declared Alexander Pope, and for fifty years Macklin made the role his own.On this Anniversary night, despite the air raid warnings, the show must go on.