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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour & Professional Foul by Tom Stoppard

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour & Professional Foul


Every Good Boy Deserves Favour & Professional Foul by Tom Stoppard

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour A dissident is locked up in an asylum. If he accepts that he was ill and has been cured, he will be released. He refuses. Sharing his cell is a real lunatic who believes himself to be surrounded by an orchestra. As the dissident's son begs his father to free himself with a lie, Tom Stoppard's darkly funny and provocative play asks if denying the truth is a price worth paying for liberty. Every Good Boy premiered at the Festival Hall, London, in July 1977. It was revived at the National Theatre, London, in January 2009. Professional Foul 'Professor Anderson, a somewhat devious academic, went to Prague to deliver a lecture on Ethical Facts in Ethical Fiction and to see a football match. Politics intruded when a former pupil of Anderson begged him to smuggle out a thesis arguing that the ethics of the State can only be the ethics of the individual writ large . . . Mr Stoppard's BBC television debut was sheer delight.' - Richard Last, Daily Telegraph 'Plays which enhance civilization itself, which is what this does, are not seen once and laid away.' - Bernard Levin, Sunday Times Professional Foul was first shown on BBC TV in September 1977.

About the Author

Tom Stoppard's work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His radio plays include If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge, Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died, In the Native State and Darkside (incorporating Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon). Television work includes Professional Foul, Squaring the Circle and Parade's End. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love, Enigma and Anna Karenina.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th November 1978


Tom Stoppard

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Faber & Faber


128 pages


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