BY ARTHUR WING PINERO
1 September 2010 — 2 October 2010
The eldest Mortimore, a brewer, has died. His estranged siblings gather to divide the spoils. But there is no will and an illegitimate daughter.
Guilt, envy and greed jostle for prominence as a large middle class family fight, with whatever weapons are at their disposal, for what they feel is their rightful and much needed inheritance.
In this 1908 play Pinero moves away from the London society of his earlier successes, likeThe Second Mrs Tanqueray, to the small town politics, tensions and sensitivities of a provincial town. 'Mr A.W. Pinero's latest and finest play, The Thunderbolt is without doubt the most brilliant of all Mr Pinero's plays' wrote the correspondent of the New York Times.