James McAvoy Rules "The Ruling Class," A Feminized Treasure Island," "Di and Viv and Rose" on Friendship | David Finkle

February 21, 2015 12:12 AM

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London--When Peter Barnes decided the ruling English class was nutty, he created Jack Gurney and wrote The Ruling Class, a hellzapoppin satire during most of which Gurney (James McAvoy) contends he's Jesus. Since he's just inherited the Gurney holdings and is now the fourteenth earl of Gurney--the thirteenth (Paul Leonard) mistakenly hanged himself in a funny prologue by way of autoerotic asphyxiation--the rest of the angry family jolly Jack along until he does produce an heir.

The set-up, beautifully directed by Jamie Lloyd at Trafalgar Studios, means that Jack's father, Charles Gurney (Ron Cook), and mother Claire (Serena Evans) encourage him temporarily, in particular to marry fecund Grace Shelley (Kathryn Drysdale). Also mincing round for the time being is Dinsdale Gur...

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