Farce and Contemporary Drama: I

  • Leslie Smith


Farce for many people still remains synonymous with the Whitehall and post-Whitehall variety studied in Chapters 4 and 5. That variety, I’ve attempted to show, is well worth serious critical attention. But, since Orton, farce has become a much more available option to the so-called ‘serious’ dramatist, and the kind of compart-mentalisation represented by equating farce with one particular species of it seems less and less feasible.


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  1. Peter Shaffer, Black Comedy (Samuel French, 1967).Google Scholar
  2. Alan Ayckbourn, Three Plays (Penguin Books, 1979).Google Scholar
  3. Tom Stoppard, Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land (Faber, 1976).Google Scholar
  4. Michael Frayn, Noises Off (Methuen, 1976) (Brief references to Griffith’s Comedians and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot are taken from the Faber editions, 1976 and 1965 respectively.)Google Scholar

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© Leslie Smith 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie Smith
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  1. 1.Polytechnic of North LondonUK

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