Peggy to her Playwrights: The Letters of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent

Peggy to her Playwrights: The Letters of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent

by Colin Chambers, Peggy Ramsay

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Overview

Peggy Ramsay (1908-1991) was the foremost play agent of her time. Her list of clients shows her to have been at the centre of British playwriting for several generations from the late 1950s on.

To her remarkable array of clients, her letter writing was notorious, marked by searing candour, both a wondrous motivation and an unforgiving scrutiny to be feared.

'Peggy judged by the most exalted standards and lashed her writers when they failed to meet them. Her force of personality made her well-nigh irresistible. The letters she wrote to her writers and to producers are extraordinary documents, filled with all these qualities, and indiscreet, blasphemous and saucy to boot.’ – Simon Callow

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786824301
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 05/25/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 825 KB

About the Author

Colin Chambers, a former journalist and theatre critic, was Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1981-1997), and since 2014 has been Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University.
Peggy Ramsay was the foremost play agent of her time. Her clients included Alan Ayckbourn, Robert Bolt, Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton, Howard Brenton and many more.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

INTRODUCTION 1

EDITOR’S NOTE 12

ARTHUR ADAMOV 15

RHYS ADRIAN 17

JOHN ARDEN and MARGARETTA D’ARCY 18

ALAN AYCKBOURN 28

ENID BAGNOLD 45

PETER BARNES 50

JOHN BARTON 52

ROBERT BOLT 53

EDWARD BOND 88

JOHN BOWEN 94

HOWARD BRENTON 99

BRIGID BROPHY 102

CARYL CHURCHILL 104

RICHARD COTTRELL 107

DAVID CREGAN 108

JONATHAN GEMS 109

PETER GILL 110

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON 110

DAVID HARE 113

JOHN HOLMSTROM (a.k.a. ROGER GELLERT) 120

DONALD HOWARTH 122

ANN JELLICOE 126

THOMAS KILROY 127

STEPHEN LOWE 130

FRANK MARCUS 131

JOHN McGRATH 132

DAVID MERCER 133

JOHN MORTIMER 137

PETER NICHOLS 139

JOE ORTON 141

ALAN PLATER 160

STEPHEN POLIAKOFF 164

DAVID RUDKIN 169

WILLY RUSSELL 173

JAMES SAUNDERS 176

WALLACE SHAWN 177

MARTIN SHERMAN 180

COLIN SPENCER 180

JOHN WHITING 181

CHARLES WOOD 185

POSTSCRIPT 188

P.P.S. 199

index 201

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