Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strive to uphold their reputation.
Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Peter Barne’s razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility.
The Ruling Class was first performed at Nottingham Playhouse on 6 November 1968. It has since been only played once at the Trafalgar Studios, London, starring James McAvoy.