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A Chorus of Disapproval: A Play

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Being the cautionary tale of Guy, a man who couldn't say no to wine, women or song - and of his consequent rise and fall in the world of amateur operatics.
"...a serious comic masterpiece: brilliantly constructed, ruthlessly observant, hilarious and hard as nails." John Peter, Sunday Times.
"...a magnificent comedy: symmetrically shaped, psychologically acute and painfully,
Paperback, 95 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by Faber & Faber (first published May 2nd 1984)
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Bionic Jean
A Chorus of Disapproval is a comic farce by Alan Ayckbourn. It focuses on a young widower, Guy Jones, who joins an amateur theatrical group as they work towards their production of "The Beggars Opera". Increasing in confidence, Guy works his amorous way through most of the females in the cast, and simultaneously up through the ranks, until he is playing the lead role.

The play premiered in Ayckbourn's Scarborough theatre in 1984, transferred to the National Theatre the next year, and then went on
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
A typical twee, middle-class Ayckbourn. It does exactly what you expect and nothing more. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if the play being performed by the Am Dram (Am Op?) group was something I was more familiar with. I probably missed some hilarity through lack of knowledge of The Beggar's Opera. Probably.

Anyway, easy to read, would probably be a decent enough play to put on - if you had a fairly tame audience to contend with.
Nick Jones
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
My second encounter with Alan Ayckbourn and I still haven’t found him more than mildly amusing. I preferred this to the other Ayckbourn work I read (Sisterly Feelings), but both remind me of TV sitcom more than anything else – and, of course, some people might say there is nothing wrong with that. Unlike sitcoms, however, there is narrative development in A Chorus of Disapproval: Guy joins an amateur light operatic society who are putting on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera; he starts unconfident a ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The first Ayckbourn play I've read after hearing several good things about him from other drama students. It is a great play with some quick fire lines, great characters and a circular narrative however if you haven't read A Beggars Opera you'll be a bit stuck as there are several references to it, mainly because the play is about a group of actors rehearsing a production of it. Although it may not be the best starting place for someone to be introduced to Ayckbourns work it is an interesting re ...more
I have seen the play three times now and watched the DVD. I found the first viewing absolutely brilliant, SJT Scarborough in 2004. The second was an amateur production and was good of its type. The third and most recent was not so good. Perhaps a fourth viewing is required, to be sure.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read for A level English. It was difficult to write about but I think it was interesting to read and I found some scenes funny
Patrick Neylan
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays, plays-seen
Forced comedy by a writer whose other works have aged better.
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright. He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal Nat ...more