A brilliant and painfully truthful portrait of Stanley Spencer, the wayward genius of modern British painting.
Winner of the Olivier Best New Play Award 1997
Winner of the Evening Standard Best Play Award 1996
Coming from humble origins, Stanley Spencer never lost his ‘rough edges’, despite being taken up by the smart set. His stubborn championing of ordinary people and local places as suitable subjects for religious painting was revolutionary. His appetite for life was hugely attractive, though his attitude to women in general and his long-suffering wife in particular was deeply selfish: ‘Why can’t I have two wives if that’s what I need?’
Stanley premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 1996 with Antony Sher as Stanley.