The Ruling Class

“The finest bit of stage designing in London for months is John Napier's work for The Ruling Class. Peter Barns vitriolic fantasy on the British aristocracy. With a permanent structure - which does as a dual gate, bedroom and in the last brilliant switch, a gilded wall of the House of Lords, Napier creates excellent stage pictures with the maximum economy - of means and money. The final tour de force - in which low tiered groups of cobwebbed papier-mâché Lords are pushed on from the wings, matches in verocity and wit Gerald Scafe's celebrated political images.”

Charles Spencer, Art & Artists

1st June 1969