The Private Ear and The Public Eye
“THE PRIVATE EAR” AND “THE PUBLIC EYE”
This will be the first major revival in 50 years of these two one-act from multi-award winning British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer
THE PRIVATE EAR and THE PUBLIC EYE, by the acclaimed and multi-award winning British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, will have their first major revival in 50 years, when they begin a UK & Irish tour from 29 August 2013 and will come to the Gaiety Theatre on 10th September.
The double-bill of two one-act plays was first performed in London’s West End in 1962, starring the young Kenneth Williams and Maggie Smith. The plays then transferred successfully to Broadway in 1963, starring Barry Foster and Geraldine McEwan.
THE PRIVATE EAR and THE PUBLIC EYE are intimate one-act plays – both short and bitter-sweet comedies performed as a matching pair on the same night. They give the audience a fascinating window into the turbulent changing attitudes to love in the 1960s through a combination of comedy, pathos and drama.
THE PRIVATE EAR is set in a musky London bedsit, where reclusive Bob, normally used to giving his full attention to his record collection, calls in a favour from Ted, his slick, confident friend, to help him treat his date, the beautiful but shy Doreen, to a slap up meal.
THE PUBLIC EYE takes place in a swanky London accountancy office, where uptight Charles is confronted by Julian, an eccentric private detective hired by Charles to investigate Belinda, his young wife, whom he suspects of infidelity.
Sir Peter Shaffer’s other plays include Amadeus, Equus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Lettice & Lovage and Five Finger Exercise.
Tue Opening Night & Sat matinee: €25, €20, €15
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat evenings: €40, €35, €30, €25
Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2
0818 719 388
Online booking: www.ticketmaster.ie