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London Theatre in the 50s

29 minutes 39 seconds

In 1952 in London, alongside Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, you could see a mix of thrillers, comedies and revues, including Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Noël Coward’s The Vortex, Jean Genet’s The Maids, and the musicals South Pacific and Call Me Madam. How did London Theatreland in the 50s differ from the one we know today, how did those writers fall in or out of favour in the years that followed, and what legacy did they leave behind? Looking at these questions from the perspective of today are Guardian theatre critic, Michael Billington; Julius Green, author of Curtain Up: Agatha Christie - A Life in Theatre; and Dan Rebellato, author of 1956 And All That, and editor of Terence Rattigan’s plays.