|Adapted by Rodney Ackland from a short story by W. Somerset Maugham
Directed by Valerie Clarke
February 9, 10 & 11, 2012
Location: The entire action takes place in the late 1940s, in
the bedroom or Laura Skinner.
[ Photographs ]
The Author - William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham was born in the British Embassy in Paris
on 25th December 1874 but was orphaned at the age of ten and sent to live
with his aunt and uncle in Kent. Although bullied at school in his early
years, he was a good scholar and studied medicine at the Royal College of
Physicians, London. However, he never practiced medicine but turned to writing,
publishing his first novel in 1897. Maugham immersed himself in writing and
by the end of 1908 had four plays running in London. He went on to write
'The Circle' and 'The Constant Wife'. His first successful novel was
'Of Human Bondage', published in 1915 and his eleven subsequent novels
include 'The Moon and Sixpence' and 'Cakes and Ale'.
During the First World War, Maugham worked withn the American
Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps. In 1928 he moved permantly
to the French Riviera and wrote numerous essays and short stories
until he died in Nice in 1965. Maugham received many awards
during his lifetime and in 1947 he instituted the Somerset Maugham
Awards for the encouragement and support of British writers.