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Plague Over England

Nicholas de Jongh

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 14m

Plague Over England
by Nicholas de Jongh

Late on 20th October, 1953, Sir John Gielgud, then at the zenith of his theatrical career, was arrested in a Chelsea public lavatory. He pleaded guilty the next day to the charge of persistently importuning male persons for immoral purposes. In the p…

Plague Over England

by  Nicholas de Jongh

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 14m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
Description
Late on 20th October, 1953, Sir John Gielgud, then at the zenith of his theatrical career, was arrested in a Chelsea public lavatory. He pleaded guilty the next day to the charge of persistently importuning male persons for immoral purposes. In the prim, homophobic Britain of the 1950s, Gielgud's offence attracted vicious criticism from public and press alike and threatened to terminate his career. A few weeks later, however, when Gielgud opened in London in a new play, something extraordinary happened. Nicholas de Jongh's Plague Over England is not just a dramatized account of a scandal. It relates Gielgud's emergency to the country's political mood and depicts a nation in the grip of a gay witch-hunt.

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £10 per performance

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  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: Various simple settings

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2f, 14m
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Detective Chief Inspector Bellinger: about 36.
Rayner, Lord Goddard: Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
Mr Justice Percival Lightbourne: a High Court judge.
Daniel Arlington: 40ish; American.
Police Constable Terry Fordham

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