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THE FOOL

The Fool

Written and directed by

Derek Jacobi

Cyril Cusack

Ruth Mitchell

Paul Brooke

Irina Brook

Jim Carter

Jonathan Cecil

Rosalie Crutchley

Starring

Christine Edzard

Release date

1990

Patricia Hayes

Don Henderson

Michael Horden

John McEnery

Corin Redgrave

Frederick Treves

Alec Wallis

Bill Wallis

A contemporary of Charles Dickens, Henry Mayhew collected and classified a vast series of detailed interviews with London street traders, beggars, thieves, artisans and performers. Based on their thoughts and their words, on the one side, and on letters and diaries of members of the upper classes on the other side, "The Fool" is the story of a clerk with a double life, crossing between the world of the very poor and the world of the very rich.