A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson
by Barr, Redford, Stafford-Clark
Adapted from James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson and The Journal of a Tour of The Hebrides.
“You feel you are eavesdropping on one of the great double-acts in literary history… A rare treat” Michael Billington – The Guardian
A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson takes you into the confidence of one of our most enduring historical characters. Meet Samuel Johnson: poet, essayist and lexicographer, and such famous aquaintances as Joshua Reynolds, James Boswell, George III, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s saviour Flora MacDonald and more.
As well as the famous friends, witicisms and of course the dictionary, this fascinting play lets you into Johnson’s private world: his awkwardness, his kindness, his depression, and unrequited love that coloured his later years.
Includes a foreword by leading Johnson scholar Peter Martin and an Essay on his unusual household by Stephanie Chapman, Curator of Dr Johnson’s House.
“Every line chimes” Libby Purves, The Times
“Lovingly put together” Jane Edwardes, Sunday Times
“A witty, warm-hearted entertainment… Totally charming” Ron Simpson, Whatsonstage.com