Ruth Leon recommends…Lady Chatterley’s Lover – the Musical

Ruth Leon recommends…Lady Chatterley’s Lover – the Musical

Ruth Leon recommends

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October 14, 2021

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – the Musical
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October 15-November 21

A new musical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s infamous literary classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, directed by the award-winning Sasha Regan with music and lyrics by John Robinson, was filmed this summer, and is now available to stream.

Banned as scandalous erotica when first published in 1928, the novella, about an upper-class woman’s affair with her gamekeeper, went to trial for obscenity in Britain in 1960. Lawrence’s text caused outrage not just because of the expletives and explicit sexual relationship, but because it presented a physical relationship that traversed social class divides. Lady Chatterley’s pursuit of a life more than half-lived changed the literary landscape of Britain.

Perhaps Georgia Lennon and Michael Pickering, as the illicit lovers, will generate enough steam to fog up a few glasses. Seems rather tame now but anyone old enough to remember the fuss surrounding the obscenity trial won’t soon forget it.

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  • Aleph says:

    A funny fact about the trial, the judge had his wife read the book to mark up all the racy passages which he read outloud in court to the jury. According to literary historians, she apparently did a bang-up job (no pun intended), because she didn’t miss a single raunchy sentence.

    I hope the libretto is just as complete and faithful (or perhaps unfaithful, lol) to the text. ; )

  • John Borstlap says:

    Three years ago I began to read the book at luch time but was distracted for the rest of the afternoon & made many typos. After that, I was forbidden to bring the book to work. Since then, my handbag is checked every morning at the gate, so humiliating!


  • Frank Flambeau says:

    Sex sell–proved again.