Plays Directory : The Ruling Class

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  • Author
    Peter Barnes
  • Written
    1968
  • Overview
    Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, a paranoid schizophrenic, thinks he is God and tells his friends and family he is coming back to earth to bring peace and love. When given facts to disprove his belief, he puts these into a "pressure cooker" and they disappear. His uncle tries to marry him to his own mistress, Grace, in the hopes of producing an heir and placing the Earl in an institution but Grace falls in love with him. His uncle's wife becomes an unlikely friend and starts to sleep with the Earl's psychiatrist.

    The Earl remains uncured by the psychotherapy but is introduced to another who believes he is Christ, and through electroshock, the Earl reverts to Jack.

    Jack relapses into illness again, believing himself to be Jack the Riper and committing crimes accordingly.

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