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Beyond The Fringe: part 2 of 2 September 9, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Theater.

(Continued from yesterday’s post, excerpts from Beyond The Fringe’s final 1964 performance):

In “So That’s The Way You Like It”, the troupe performs a satire of Shakespeare performance, specifically the Peter Hall speakitallveryveryfast style.

And so we bid you welcome to our court,
Fair cousin Albany, and you, our sweetest Essex,
Take this my hand, and you, fair Essex, this,
And with this bond we’ll cry anon
And shout Jack Cock of London to the foe.
Approach you ears and kindly bend your conscience to my piece,
Our ruddy scouts to me this hefty news have brought:
The naughty English, expecting now some pregnance in our plan,
Have with some haughty purpose
Bent Aeolis unto the service of their sail.
So even now, while we to the wanton lute do strut
Is brutish Bolingbroke bent fair upon
Some fickle circumstance.
Get thee to Gloucester, Essex. Do thee to Wessex, Exeter.
Fair Albany to Somerset must eke his route.
And Scroup, do you to Westmoreland, where shall bold York
Enrouted now for Lancaster, with forces of our Uncle Rutland,
Enjoin his standard with sweet Norfolk’s host.
Fair Sussex, get thee to Warwicksbourne,
And there, with frowning purpose, tell our plan
To Bedford’s tilted ear, that he shall press
With most insensate speed
And join his warlike effort to bold Dorset’s side.
I most royally shall now to bed,
To sleep off all the nonsense I’ve just said.

In “The End Is Nigh”, the quartet awaits the end of the world:

After Beyond The Fringe, Alan Bennett went on to become one of England’s best-known comic playwrights and novelists. Jonathan Miller went on to be one of the busiest and most overrated directors of opera.

More clips with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

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