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Plague Over England archiveIn Autumn 1953, Sir John Gielgud, then at the height of his fame as an actor, was arrested in a Chelsea public lavatory. He pleaded guilty the following morning to the charge of persistently importuning men for immoral purposes. Poised to appear in the West End in a play he was directing and recently knighted, his conviction caused a national sensation - breaking the great taboo of public discussion of homosexuality. More than just a dramatisation of a scandalous event in one actor's life, this controversial new play shows how Gielgud's arrest played a small but distinct part in the battle to make homosexuality legal. It captures the spirit of Britain in the early 1950s when judges, politicians and the national press were describing homosexuality as a cancer, an epidemic and a threat to national life. It casts light on the political and social anxieties of the period and the witch-hunting of men who had sex with men. Framed by scenes of contemporary celebration at a civil partnership ceremony and ranging from close encounters in Hyde Park to a Gentlemen Running time 2hours 30mins
Performers Michael Feast (John Gielgud), David Burt, Simon Dutton, Celia Imrie (Dame Sybil Thorndike), Hugh Ross, John Warnaby, Michael Brown, Steven Hansell, Sam Heughan, Leon Ockenden.
Author Nicholas de Jongh. Producer Bill Kenwright. Producer Ambassador Theatre Group. Director Tamara Harvey. Design Alex Marker. Lighting James Farncombe. Costume Penn O'Gara. Sound Theo Holloway. Costume Trish Wilkinson. Music Alexander S. Bermange.

Plague Over England

Plague Over England (Play) production archive for QTIX code T02002848113. Details of all Plague Over England archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S029913626

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12 Feb 09
2 May 09
Duchess Theatre
West End
Greater London

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