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Published alongside Steven Daldry's monumental National Theatre production starring Fiona Shaw. Machinal was the winner of four Olivier Awards. Sophie Treadwell's play is an immensely powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanised society, based on the true story of Ruth Snyder who was executed in 1928 for the murder of her husband.

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Stupendous...A savage indictment of a hard, soulless world of mechanisation and money worship. --Independent

This is a play written in anger. In the dead wasteland of male society - it seems to ask - isn't it necessary for certain women, at least, to resort to murder? --Nicholas Wright

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Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage. Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov's version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.

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