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Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson, A

by Russell Barr, Ian Redford, Max Stafford-Clark
Binding: PaperBack | Page extent: 67

ISBN: 9781849431064



Out of Joint Presents: A Dish of Tea With Dr Johnson

Irritable, generous, seriously depressed yet a great wit: meet Samuel Johnson – poet, essayist and lexicographer. This evening of stories and conversation brings to life some of the most colourful figures of the eighteenth century.The host of characters bringing detail to this fascinating portrait includes biographer James Boswell, painter Joshua Reynolds, King George III, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s saviour Lady Flora MacDonald, and Mrs Thrale, the society hostess whowas Johnson’s final, unrequited love.

‘With A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson we return to the fascinating world of the great Dr Johnson. Until the middle of the 19th Century only the two patent houses, Drury Lane and Covent Garden, were permitted to present drama. So when Samuel Foote, Johnson’s contemporary, presented his evening of comic impersonations and vignettes it was billed as An Invitation to a Dish of Chocolate with Samuel Foote. From him we have purloined our title.’ - Max Stafford-Clark

Press Comment



‘...you feel you are eavesdropping on one of the great double-acts in literary history... this is a rare treat.’ Michael Billington,The Guardian

‘Let’s have no talk of dumbing down. This urbane, witty piece is an intelligent, uncompromising, but accessible, introduction to Samuel ‘Dictionary’ Johnson... Yet another triumph for Max Stafford-Clark and Out of Joint.’ Susan Elkin, The Stage

‘... you emerge feeling that you have had a genuinely close encounter with the great man.’ Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

'... rich in aphorisms and beautifully constructed sentences... considerably more than a polite literary diversion.' Michael Coveney , What’s On Stage

‘One did not want the evening to end.’ Paul Taylor, The Independent

"Well-constructed and carefully researched… The text is punctuated with Johnson’s aphorisms… urbane and intelligent fare" – Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

"A neatly crafted work… the result is a highly amusing evening of much wit, some wisdom and plenty of bile… What emerges is his magnificent embrace of the English language" – Daily Express

"An entertaining voyage around the 18th-century writer" – Sunday Telegraph

"It is a most invigorating brew… There is such penetrating wit" – Kate Kellaway, Observer

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