Transcript of review: "Gainsborough's life in drama form entertaining qualities"

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Typescript transcript of a mixed review of Landscape with Figures performed at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, from the London Times, written in Dublin. Beaton's dialogue is praised, but the "excellent central dramatic theme" - how an artist by his devotion to the ideal brought catastrophe on his family - is lost in subplots. Wolfit played the role of Gainsborough in a "gruff, honest John Bullish way", and Christine Finn's madness was not overdone. The play has "entertaining qualities" and "may appeal to commercial audiences" but "might so easily have succeeded on a higher level".

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