Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman directs the world stage premiere of Jack Rosenthal’s The Knowledge at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. Based on the iconic 1979 TV film comedy, Lipman not only played a leading role in the film, but is also Jack Rosenthal’s widow.
Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” - the exam needed to become a London black cab taxi driver. Standing between them and the coveted green badge is the eccentric Mr Burgess, an examiner known as “The Vampire” with an obsessive mission to maintain standards.
From the critics
★★★★ "The whole--often hilarious--evening moves along at a terrific pace, it's a fine, funny night in the theatre, and a touching requiem for a London that sadly feels long gone"--Whatsonstage
“The play retains the wit and lightness of Rosenthal’s writing”--Guardian
"Enjoyable and poignant, this is a play not just about “The Knowledge” but about wisdom and self-knowledge--possibly even harder to acquire."--Financial Times
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