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Doctor Johnson: A Play

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Doctor Johnson: A Play by A. Edward Newton is a captivating and thought-provoking exploration of the life and work of Samuel Johnson, a renowned English writer and critic. The play immerses the audience in Johnson's world, portraying his struggles and triumphs with great depth and authenticity.

The author skillfully weaves together historical facts and fiction to create a compelling narrative that sheds light on Johnson's complex personality and the challenges he faced during his lifetime. Through well-crafted dialogue and character interactions, we gain a deep understanding of Johnson's brilliant mind and the impact he had on literary and intellectual circles of his time.

One of the most striking aspects of the play is its exploration of Johnson's relationships with other prominent figures of the 18th century, such as James Boswell and Hester Thrale. These interactions add richness and complexity to the story, highlighting the interconnectedness of Johnson's personal and professional life.

Overall, Doctor Johnson: A Play is a powerful and engaging work that offers a fresh perspective on the life of a literary giant. A. Edward Newton has masterfully brought Johnson's story to life on the stage, capturing the essence of his genius and his humanity. I highly recommend this play to anyone interested in history, literature, or the human experience.

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The life of Doctor Johnson, told in his own words and those of others around him. "Anyone with a teaspoonful of imagination can read this play with pleasure; with two teaspoonsful, I will not be responsible for results. He, or she, may be disappointed, for there is no plot to speak of. But there is talk - about as good talk as has ever been reported, and James Boswell as a reporter has never had an equal. " - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: ACT 1: Mr. STEWART: James Thomas Mr. MAITLAND: Tomas Peter Mr. MACBEAN: alanmapstone Mr. LEVETT: Mike Casey Dr. JOHNSON: Jim Locke A VOICE : Lynette Caulkins Mr. BOSWELL: Campbell Schelp A SERVANT : Aaron White Mrs. WILLIAMS: Elsie Selwyn FRANK : Nemo Mr. ALLEN: Adrian Stephens Mrs. WOFFINGTON: Sandra Schmit BET FLINT: Leanne Yau POLL CARMICHAEL: Eva Davis Mrs. THRALE: Foon : ACT 2: Mrs. THRALE: Foon JUDSON: Leanne Yau Footman: Philip Watson RATTLE: Eva Davis Miss BURNEY: Sonia Mr. MURPHY: Aaron White Sir JOSHUA REYNOLDS: alanmapstone Mr. GARRICK: Tomas Peter Dr. JOHNSON: Jim Locke Mr. THRALE: Steven Fellows Dr. GOLDSMITH: Adrian Stephens General PAOLI: Lynette Caulkins Mr. BOSWELL: Campbell Schelp Miss MORE: Elsie Selwyn Miss STREATFIELD: Sandra Schmit Mrs. DELANEY: Availle Mr. BARETTI: Pier : ACT 3: Dr. JOHNSON: Jim Locke A SERVANT : Aaron White RATTLE: Eva Davis Mrs. THRALE: Foon Mr. BOSWELL: Campbell Schelp Mr. BARCLAY: Tomas Peter Mr. PERKINS: Adrian Stephens Miss BURNEY: Sonia Miss THRALE: Leanne Yau : ACT 4: Dr. JOHNSON: Jim Locke FRANK : Nemo Mrs. DESMOULINS: Sandra Schmit Mr. HOOLE: Aaron White MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT: Elsie Selwyn Sir JOSHUA REYNOLDS: alanmapstone Mrs. SIDDONS: Eva Davis Dr. BROCKLESBY: Tomas Peter Mr. WINDHAM: Adrian Stephens Miss BURNEY: Sonia Mr. BURKE: Steven Fellows YOUNG GIRL: Leanne Yau Stage Directions and Editing: ToddHW

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