The play seems to be taking the same approach as Sophia Coppola took when she directed Marie Antoinette; putting a modern outlook on a time period not too different from our own:
Deborah Warner's fresh take on Sheridan's The School For Scandal imbues this scorching comedy with contemporary resonance as our own celebrity-obsessed culture collides with the gossip-ridden, highfashion world of eighteenth-century London.Just look at the play's site: a popart mesh of black, white, and pink. One can only wonder how much of this ambiance carries over into the actual play.
I came across the play after seeing this not-so-flattering review in the The Evening Standard. So what is Henry Hitching's beef with the Barbican's production? Not enough Sheridan. Totally understandable!
The School For Scandal is now playing at the Barbican Theatre from now until 18 June.