It is, moreover, a poorly, or at least a very loosely, constructed play, with two separate plots clumsily grafted together--that of the Teazles
or Slanderers and that of the Surface brothers.
His comic flair is matchless when he literally snarls at Lady Teazle
"my angel" and "my life," or balks when his spouse tells him, "I ought to have my own way in everything." But he also probes deeply the psyche of a man who suffers insecurities about his age and feels, beneath prideful bluster; an aching love fur the woman who patronizes him.
This brevity is to be found in several other entrance comments, some others of which simply indicate "A Hall in Sir Peter Teazles
House" (beginning of 1.2) or "a Parlour in Charles's House" (beginning of 3.2) While these scenes contribute to the play's comic overtones by highlighting the main themes, it is the situation-based "discovery" scenes--whose effectiveness hinges upon a more heightened interplay of actions and reactions--that reveal the contrasting characters of Joseph and Charles Surface.
Richard Standing as Joseph Surface, with Sally Carman as Lady Teazle
, in School for Scandal
I hope I am on hand one day when Ms Pearman gets the chance to test her splendid acting talents as Lady Teazle
or one of Chekhov's marvellous women.
vvb f Zeal (1818, Partisan - Zaida, by Sir Peter Teazle
The firm of Edmund Taylor (Teazle
) Ltd made a vital contribution to the textile trade by cutting and sorting teazles
according to size for use by Huddersfield mills, Scottish cloth finishers and for export to markets in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India.
Sir Peter Teazle
(Kenneth Cranham) in a disappointing performance as harsh as it was unfriendly, seemed frequently to be on the point of losing his lines.
It also means that the late Montjeu joins an elite list of stallions - namely Sir Peter Teazle
(born 1784), Waxy (1790), Cyllene (1895) and Blandford (1919) - t o have sired four Derby winners.
This thistle-like flowerhead - called by the experts locally the "teazle
" - is still used today to give fine cloth a wonderful velvety surface.
First performed in Drury Lane in 1777, the play concerns the marriage of the wealthy Sir Peter Teazle
to a young daughter of a country squire and Lady Sneerwell's attempts to undermine the validity of the marriage by trying to persuade Teazle
that his newly-wed is having an affair.
Should he do so, he will become his sire's fourth winner of the race and thus see him equal the record held jointly by Sir Peter Teazle
(1784-1811), Waxy (1790-1817), Cyllene (1895-1925), and Blandford (1919-1935).