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Vanity Fair

Kate Hamill, based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Full Length, Drama
5 men, 2 women (doubling, flexible casting)
Total Cast: 7, Flexible Set
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3799-0
FEE: $100 per performance.
THE STORY: Adapted from William Thackeray’s masterpiece, VANITY FAIR exposes a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill. But Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost; she won’t stop until the world lies at her feet.
“[VANITY FAIR] is a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience. …This play provides a rare thing—a female character who behaves just as badly as the male ones without being reformed or punished.” —NY Times. “…coruscatingly brilliant…Hamill’s VANITY FAIR…[is] a masterpiece of creative compression that is at once arrestingly original and faithful to its source material… [it’s] a dead-serious romp whose implicit feminism has been given a sharper point by Hamill…” —Wall Street Journal. “…above all it’s the canny script of Hamill that shines. She captures the sweep of the novel and its many ideas with spot-on choices.” —Huffington Post. “…scandalous, relentless and heartbreaking… bound to impress even the most loyal of Thackeray fans. …one of the most intriguing adaptations of a novel I have ever seen… the plot is saturated with such vigor and life. …[VANITY FAIR] brings the essence of the novel in all its glory to the stage.” —