The School for Scandal

June 8th, 2008 | Projects

The School for Scandal is a comedy of manners written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was first performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre on May 18, 1777. The play revolves around two brothers, Joseph and Charles Surface, one of whom is a libertine (Charles), the other a “man of sentiment” (Joseph.) Their Uncle Oliver tests the boys by appearing under various disguises and eventually discovers that Joseph is far less honorable than his supposedly lax brother.

Jason O’Mara plays Joseph Surface, a man whose public persona as a man of honor proves to be a sham. He attempts an affair with his Uncle’s wife and the underhanded Lady Sneerwell. Eventually he is discovered as a fraud and fortune rules in his brother Charles’ favor.

Photo by John Haynes

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