Financial chicanery and ethical concerns conflict in this early twentieth-century classic.
Edward’s highly principled world is turned upside down when his father reveals that he has been illegally speculating with clients’ money. To make matters worse, he soon discovers his large, scandal-fearing family would perpetuate the crime rather than risk public dishonour.
This magnificently observed, hugely enjoyable portrait of an upper-middle-class family was written by Granville Barker, just ten years before the First World War finally sent old values flying.
The play was first staged at the Court Theatre, London, in November 1905.