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VenueDuchess Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From12th February 2009
Opened23rd February 2009
To2nd May 2009
PricesFrom £26.00. To £46.00.
What is currently on at Duchess Theatre (V391)

Plague Over England

Plague Over EnglandT02002848113
In 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
Author Nicholas de Jongh

Archive :: production:T02002848113, play:S029913626, venue:V391

Production details

Running time 2hours 30mins


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
Performer Michael Feast (John Gielgud)
Performer David Burt
Performer Simon Dutton
Performer Celia Imrie (Dame Sybil Thorndike)
Performer Hugh Ross
Performer John Warnaby
Performer Michael Brown
Performer Steven Hansell
Performer Sam Heughan
Performer Leon Ockenden

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