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

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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

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: arts & entertainmentBiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryBiographyDiaries, letters & journalsEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrightsFilm, TV & DramaTheatreTheatre: individual actors & directors Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/04/2019 ISBN-13: 9781786826442  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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. He is co-author with Richard Nelson of Kenneth's First Play and Tynan (both produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company). He adapted with Steven Pimlott Moliere's The Learned Ladies (The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon), he selected and edited for performance Three Farces by John Maddison Morton (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), and he adapted David Pinski's Treasure (Finborough Theatre, London). He edited Making Plays: The Writer-Director Relationship in the Theatre Today by Richard Nelson and David Jones, co-edited with Richard Nelson Granville Barker on Theatre, and edited and contributed to the Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre. He has written extensively on the theatre, including the books Other Spaces: New Writing and the RSC; Playwrights' Progress (with Michael Prior); The Story of Unity Theatre; Peggy: the Life of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent (winner of the inaugural Theatre Book Prize); Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company; Here We Stand: Politics, Performers and Performance - Paul Robeson, Isadora Duncan and Charlie Chaplin; and Black and Asian Theatre in Britain: A History.

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