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Vanity Fair. April 2006

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Becky Sharp is one of literature’s most talked about heroines and this colourful production, specially adapted for the stage by the director, brought Thackery’s sweeping tale to life.

Amelia Sedley, of good family, and Rebecca Sharp, an orphan, leave Miss Pinkerton’s academy on Chiswick Mall to live out their lives in Vanity Fair — a world of social climbing and the search for wealth. Amelia does not esteem the values of Vanity Fair while Rebecca cares for nothing else. Becky’s rise to fame begins when her wealthy but quiet, well-mannered friend Amelia brings Becky into her family home. Amelia would seem to have the perfect life—a loving family, a comfortable home, an adoring beau—everything that Becky lacks but covets. Over time Becky’s ruthless schemes and perpetual greed reverse her situation, allowing her to climb ever higher, although her morals and methods are hardly pure. The Sedleys fall on hard times and it would seem that clever, cruel, Becky Sharp has the upper hand at last. But will her social empire, built on such dark pillars, stand firm in the coming years or will it come crashing down around her?

Adapted for the stage by Ian Nichols.

Production phtographs Phillip Griffith

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Published on: April 22nd, 2006

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