Английский текст для чтения – 22

Короткий английский текст для практики чтения и перевода.

They produced a play, and it was a success. After that they continued to produce plays year after year. Because Michael ran the theatre with the method and thrift with which he ran his home they lost little over the failures, which of course they sometimes had, and made every possible penny out of their successes. Michael flattered himself that there was not a management in London where less money was spent on the productions. He exercised great ingenuity in disguising old sets so that they looked new, and by ringing the changes on the furniture that he gradually collected in the store-room saved the expense of hiring. They gained the reputation of being an enterprising management because Michael in order not to pay the high royalties of well-known authors was always willing to give an unknown one a trial.
He sought out actors who had never been given a chance and whose salaries were small. He thus made some very profitable discoveries. When they had been in management for three years they were sufficiently well established for Michael to be able to borrow from the bank enough money to buy the lease of a theatre that had just been built. After much discussion they decided to call it the Siddons Theatre.
They opened with a failure and this was succeeded by another. Julia was frightened and discouraged. She thought that the theatre was unlucky and that the public were getting sick of her. It was then that Michael showed himself at his best.
“In this business you have to take the rough with the smooth. You’re the best actress in England. The next play is going to be all right and then we’ll get back all we’ve lost.”

After “Theatre” by W. Somerset Maugham