I certainly have no intention of taking a theatrical company to court but...
Can a liability under the ‘Trade Descriptions Act’ be applied to a theatrical production? Has this ever occurred?
Last Thursday I attended a production of Moliere’s ‘The Miser‘ Or did I? I had never seen a production of Moliere on the stage before, and had been looking forward to the occasion. I was misled. The play was not by Moliere merely purporting to be so.
I have booked for another play which begins its previews next week, It is ‘The Misanthrope’ which is by Christopher Hampton. (Not by Moliere) I am certainly looking forward to this,
The ‘Miser’ merely states that it has been ‘freely’ adapted which is rather different and suggests some involvement of Moliere in the script,
I don’t want to mislead people. Between about 1975 and 1985, I attended evening classes in playwriting, though I have never submitted a play to a company, My interest in the theatre did, however, revive when I began attending plays at the Globe and a few other theaters.
After about ten minutes of the play I was bored, and thought what a carry on. On the saturday, I found a DVD of ‘Carry on at Your Convenience‘ My interest is in farce and i certainly do not disparage these films, There is word play in the title.
In my opinion, the script of the Carry On film was similar - in intent - to that of the play which, unfortunately, lacked the subtly of carry ons. But the play would then be advertised as ‘The Miser‘ by Talbot Rothwell.
My objection is the company should have stressed that the play had very little to do with Moliere and also stressed that Moliere had not been the playwright, The advertising is extremely misleading.
I tried to write a comedy review myself, on Sunday, but my review of is far ruder than the play.
(This is not a review but I certainly did not enjoy the performances and was totally mislaid by the advertising. I, thus, formed a low opinion of Moliere’s abilities and would have had no wish to see any of his plays. I noticed that there were empty seats at the interval and I might have followed the escapees. There was an attempt at audience participation and, had I made an appropriate response, I might have been escorted out of the theatre.)