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by James Bridie
A deliciously black, almost grand guignol, comedy -
Robert Dawson Scott, The Times
Glasgow, 1920: Dr. Johnson - earnest, English, newly-graduated - seems to have fallen on his feet when he is invited to join the Glasgow practice of the esteemed if somewhat eccentric Dr. Angelus. With a steady flow of patients and the constant guidance of his philosophizing new mentor, Johnsonâ€™s future looks positively rosy.
But it soon become apparent that all is not as it quite seems in the Angelus consulting rooms. Angelusâ€™s mother-in-law is seriously ill with a mysterious, debilitating condition, despite receiving around-the-clock care from Angelus himself. The relationship between the married Dr. Angelus and his precocious maid Jeannie doesnâ€™t seem entirely proper. And the renowned consultant, Sir Gregory Butt, reveals grave concerns about Angelusâ€™s medical skills â€“ and advises the young Johnson against signing any death certificates for â€śunexplainedâ€ť demises . . .
One of the last great works written by the founding father of the modern Scottish theatre, Dr. Angelus - part psychological thriller, part pitch black comedy - was made famous by Alistair Simâ€™s mesmerizing performance in the title role in the original 1947 production. Now the dark doctor returns to mark the anniversary of James Bridieâ€™s death in 1951, the same year that PFT was born. Welcome to the strange and deadly world of Dr. Angelus!
Theatregoers can be assured of a quality production - Alison Anderson, Perthshire Advertiser